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The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece. These Games featured mainly athletic but also combat sports such as wrestling and the pankration, horse and chariot racing events.

It has been widely written that during the Games, all conflicts among the participating city-states were postponed until the Games were finished. This cessation of hostilities was known as the Olympic peace or truce. The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in several changes to the Olympic Games.

Some of these adjustments include the creation of the Winter Games for snow and ice sports, the Paralympic Games for athletes with a disability, the Youth Olympic Games for athletes aged 14 to 18, the five Continental games (Pan American, African, Asian, European, and Pacific), and the World Games for sports that are not contested in the Games.

UK’s Johnson likens Putin’s World Cup to 1936 Berlin Olympics

London: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin would exploit the 2018 football World Cup in Russia as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler did the Berlin Olympics. Johnson agreed with an MP who suggested, "Putin is going to use it in the way Hitler used the 1936 Olympics", as a propaganda exercise. "I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right," the minister replied, envisaging Putin "glorying in this sporting event". The comments came amid an escalating war of words…

Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

TOKYO: Tokyo on Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan. The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognisable as "made in Japan". The students picked option "A", which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organisers, has a "strong sense of justice and is very athletic".…

Record-breaking Norway out of Olympic golden shoes

OSLO: Norway might have won the most medals of any country ever at a Winter Olympics but it has come at a cost -- they have run out of commemorative, gold-coloured shoes. The Scandinavians were sitting pretty at the top of the medals table on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Pyeongchang Games, with a record 38 medals, 13 of them gold. That betters the previous record of 37 won by the USA at Vancouver 2010. But their gold rush has created a problem -- albeit a nice one. On Monday, Norway ran out of the…

Olympics: IOC discussing norovirus outbreak, more cases reported

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Olympic officials are discussing measures to combat the spread of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea after 42 new cases were confirmed at the Winter Games, a Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official said on Friday. After rising from an initial 32 norovirus cases on Tuesday to 54 on Wednesday, the figure had risen to 128 as of late Thursday, with most of those affected security personnel, the KCDC said. The virus broke out ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony in…

North Korea says no US talks planned at Olympics, Pence vows continued pressure

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea has no intention of meeting US officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media said, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons program. However, the North’s high-ranking delegation, including the younger sister of its leader Kim Jong Un, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and have lunch with him on Saturday. Such a meeting would be the first such event between a South Korean head of state…

Russia to create sports competition for banned Olympic athletes

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to organise a sports competition for Russian athletes banned from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang over a doping scandal, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Putin "reminded the cabinet of the decision to organise a competition for those of our athletes who had not been allowed to take part in the Olympic Games," Russian news agencies quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. He added that winning athletes would receive compensation equal to what…