Symbol of the GamesThe symbol of theModern OlympicGames is fiveinterlocking rings,on a white field.The five rings areblue, yellow, black,green and red.
How did they choosewhich colours to use?The colours chosenstood for those coloursthat appeared on thenational flags of theworld at the timethe symbol wasdesigned.
When was the symbol designed?The Olympic Ringssymbol was designedin 1912, by BaronPierre de Coubertine,the founderof the modernOlympic Games.•
Why are there five rings?The fiveinterlocking ringsrepresent the fivecontinents whichtook part in thefirst OlympicGames.
Does each colour represent a specific continent?Today no continent is thought to be represented byany specific ringor colour. But,before 1951, the Olympichandbook statedthat blue was for Europe, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, green for Oceania and red for America.
The Rings modern meaningAccording to theOlympic Commitee,the Olympic symbolrepresents the unionof the five continentsand the meeting ofathletes from all overthe world at the Olympic Games.