The Olympic Games
The tradition of the Olympic Games runs back to ancient Greece. We know that the first Olympic Games took place in the town of Olympia more than 2700 years ago. There was no war in the country for these five days when sports competition took place. It was a great athletic festival of wrestling, foot-racing, discus throwing and others. The Games were organized and held up to the year of 393. Then, for more than 1700 years nothing more was heard of the Olympiads.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896. They take place every fourth year. The Games cannot take place in a country which is at war. That's why there were no Olympic Games during the two world wars.
During the Olympic Games there are tournaments in many kinds of sports. Summer sports competitions take place in summer during the Summer Olympic Games. The Winter Olympic Games are held in winter.
Famous sportsmen are proud to participate in the Games. They compete in football, basketball, volleyball, boxing, weight-lifting, field athletics, gymnastics and many other kinds of sport.
At the Winter Olympic Games many teams from different countries take part on competitions in figure-skating, skiing, free-style, ice-hockey and other winter sports.
The Olympic Games are very popular in our country. All sports fans see the Games on TV and many of them see the events live and support their national team.
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