Origin of the Olympic Games
Once every four years, men from
all over Greece came to compete
in a great athletic festival in
Elis, in western Greece (Women
were not allowed to compete).
This was called the Olympic
games because the place was
called Olympia. It was a
religious festival to honor the
Greek gods Zeus and Hera.
The Olympic games began in
Olympia in 776 B.C.
They took place from time to time
until 393 B.C. then they stopped.
These are the greatest celebrations of
sport in the world.
At first they lasted only one day and
there were only one race.
The Olympic Games
The Olympic Games are an
international multi - sport
events, occurring every four
years,, organized by
the International Olympic
Committe. In these games we
can observe thousands of
athletes participate in a variety
Baron de Coubertin
In 1894 a Frenchman,
Baron de Coubertin,
started modern Olympic
The Modern Olympic
games took place in
Athence in Greece.
Nearly all the Nations in
the world take part in
Baron de Coubertin
The design of the flag had been received by the French educator Pierre,
Baron de Coubertin.
The five rings represent the five continents.
(Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red(represent all nations) and White
background for peace).
These five rings represent the continents of the world:
Oceans (including Australia)
Design of Flag
Some Olympic Symbols
Winer s Medals :
Medals are awarded in each event,
with gold medals for first place,
silver for second and bronze for
third, a tradition that started in
Months before each Games,
the Olympic flame is lit in Olympia
in a ceremony that reflects ancient
At the beginning of Olympic games
some one lights a torch.
The runners carry the Olympic flame
to the country where are the
games are taking place.
“The Olympic flame” burns through
out the duration of the Olympic
The Olympic flame is put out when
the games come to close.
The Olympic Games program consists of 26 sports,
30 disciplines and nearly 300 events
The Summer Olympics program includes 26 sports,
while the Winter Olympics program features 15
Athletics, swimming, and artistic gymnastics are the
only summer sports that have never been absent from
the Olympic program.
Cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice
hockey, ski jumping, and speed skating have
been featured at every Winter Olympics program
since its inception in1924.
Current Olympic sports,
like badminton, basketball, and volleyball, first
appeared on the program as demonstration
sports, and were later promoted to full Olympic
HOCKEY FOOT BALL BASKETS BALL
WRESTLING BOXING FENCING Etc.
The Role Of India in Olympics
Dhyanchand was a well known
He took part in 1928, 1932 and
1936 Olympic games.
India won gold medals in all the
Olympic matches in which he
He was awarded Padmabhushan
by Indian government.
Abhinav bindra won a gold medal
in 100 mts. Rifle shooting at
It is the first individual gold medal
WITH PRESIDENT PRATHIBA PATIL
Vijender and Sushil won two
bronze medals for India in
India’s Total Olympics Medal Tally:
8 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 2 Bronze medals in Hockey
2 Silver medals in Athletics and 1 in Shooting
Bronze for wrestling ( Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav 1952 Helsinki)
Bronze for tennis ( Leander Paes 1996 Atlanta)
Bronze for weightlifting ( Karnam Malleswari 2000 Sydney
Indian 2008 Olympics Medal Hopes:
These are the Indian participants at the 2008 Olympics to watch out for:
Manavjit Singh - Shooting (Trap Men)
Rajyavardhan Rathore - Shooting(Double Trap Men)
Anju Bobby George - Athletics (Long Jump)
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati - Tennis (Mens Doubles)
Dinesh Kumar - Boxing (-81 kg category)
Akhil Kumar - Boxing (-54 kg category)
Vijender - Boxing (-75 kg category
The host city for an Olympic Games is usually chosen
seven years ahead of their celebration. The process of
selection is carried out in two phases that span a two-
These Games also constitute a major opportunity for
the host city and country to promote and showcase
themselves to the world.
The next Winter Games will be in Sochi, Russia in
2014, which will be the first time this nation has
Also, the next summer games will be in Rio de