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Showing posts with label Olympic Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Olympic Games. Show all posts

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Essay on Olympic Games Good or Bad

It cannot be denied that the Olympic Games have contributed tremendously to physical fitness and sportsmanship of young people throughout the world. To be chosen to represent his nation, an athlete or player hast to compete at many levels-towns, district, state, and national. In every one of these meet hundreds and thousands of athletes and players take part.

The athletes and players taking part in the Olympic Games are not housed in hotels or private homes. They stay together at an e3pecially-erected 'Olympic Village'. Here they mix freely for as long as sixteen days. The number of contestants has risen steadily since the first games held in 1896. Then 285 contestants, none of them women, represented 13 countries in Athens. At the 1960 Rome Olympic there were 5,902 contestants, including 651 women, from 83 countries. Thus the Olympic Games are capable of creating international good will and understanding even better than the United Nations organization.

Sadly enough, it is true that international rivalries do exist at Olympic Villages. The contacts between the athletes from nations normally opposed to each other are artificial, if not absent altogether. The organizations don't recognize international competition or award any points to any nation.

Athletes and teams win or lose individually and not as representatives of their nation. Yet some contestants feel so strongly about their national prestige that they adopt all unfair means to win their events. One has only to watch a hockey match between India and Pakistan to be convinced that international jealousy is very much there at the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games have in recent years become the venues of defection of athletes from certain other countries.
Though the games are considered to be independent of all governmental control, in effect they are not so. The national Olympic organization of every country depends on its governments have very effectively interfered with the conduct of the games.

Another point against the Olympic Games is that they expose the poverty of certain nations. If, they cannot afford to take part in the Games, cannot afford to send in a large contingent, or cannot host the Games if invited to do so, the radio and the press all over the world harp on their poverty. Often, these nations, merely for the sake of prestige, have to spend money, on financing the trips of their sportsmen, though it is needed much more urgently at home.

Thus, it will be seen, the Olympic Games are good if they are conducted in the proper spirit of sports. But as mere means of political display they will not only lead to waste of funds, but will harm the understanding and goodwill already existing between nations.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Essay On Olympic Games

Essay On Olympic Games.In 1980 the Olympic games were held at Moscow. the capital of U.S.S.R. These games are held every four years. These games were first of all instituted by the Greeks. They were organised after every four years at a place called Olympus in Greece. Athletes from all over Greece used to go to Olympus to take part in these games.

These games were combined patriotic, religious and athletic festivals held every four years. The first such recorded festivals of games was held in 776 BC. the date from which the Greeks began to keep their calendar by 'Olympiads", for four year span between the games.

The Olympic games were organised in the modern age in the 1896. when they were held at Athens in Greece. The credit for their revival goes to the great efforts made by Baron de Courbert in. a 1.rench educator. He revived these games to foster better international understanding though the universal medium of youth's love for athletics. After 1896 they hive been held more or less every fourth year. The venue of the games is changed from country to country.

Thousands of athletes from all countries of the world participate in these games which are held in high prestige. These games are the symbol of international friendship and brotherhood. The Olympic symbol compresses of five rings of circles linked together to represent the sporting friendship of all Asia, Africa. Australia and America. Each ring is of different colour i.e. blue.

The Olympic Flag has interlocking rings on plain white background. The Olympic flame symbolises the continuity between the ancient and modern Games. The torched used to kindle the flame is first lit by the sun's rays at Olympia in Greece and then carried to the site of the games by relays of runners. There it is kept burning till the last day of the games.

Every athlete of the host country recites the oath that he will take part in the Olympic Games respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them. The Olympic heroes received a crown of olive branches in the ancient times. But in modern Olympic games the winners are given medals and certificates. The athlete standing first gets a gold medal. a silver medal is given to the second and a bronze medal is awarded to the players standing third. At present there are 21 sports which are played at the Olympic games.