Modern Olympics

General News | Jul-25-2022

Modern Olympics

For any Athlete or Player, the Olympics means the goal, dream, and everything and even a matter of pride. The athletes strive to achieve a medal at the Olympics and devout their whole body and strength to win at the Olympics. And thus, a lot of dedication is required ever for participation in Olympics. But the question is why Olympics is such a big platform. The answer to this can be explored from the history of the modern Olympics. As we all know, 'Baron Pierre de Coubertin' was inspired to find "The International Olympic Committee (IOC)" after attending the Olympics Games of the Wenlock Olympian Society. The Greek writer was elected as the First President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The First Modern Olympics in 1896 at Athens included nine major sports in it. This significance of "Modern Olympics" has been influenced by three major properties of the Modern Olympics:

1) Flag of Modern Olympics: If we talk about the flag of "Modern Olympics", it consists of five rings that represent the unity among all Continents and nations of the World. The color of the rings of the flag of the Modern Olympics is Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, and Green which was designed by Pierre De Coubertin only and adopted on 14 August 1920. So each ring represents a specific quality and the white background adds up to the last sixth and the total of six colors present in the flag of "Modern Olympics".

2) The Motto of Modern Olympics: The motto of the Olympics also has an interesting past where Coubertin borrowed it from his friend Henri Didon. The motto states: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means: "Faster, Higher, Stronger". These three words represented a program of moral beauty where the aesthetics of sports are intangible. This motto was introduced in 1924 at the Modern Olympics Games held in Paris.

3) The Torch of Modern Olympics: The Modern Olympics Flame was introduced by Carl Diem in Berlin in 1936 without any ancient precedent. This torch transports the Divine Flame from Olympia, Greece to various designated sites of the Modern Olympics Games. The time it was introduced in Berlin was a period under Nazi Control. The flame is ignited by concentrating sun rays at a point through Parabolic Mirrors and then spread throughout the world until it reaches the hosting country.

By : Parth Aggarwal
S. D. Public School