The 100 day countdown to the 30th Summer Olympics, which take place in London this year, has begun! London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. The opening ceremony takes place on 27 July 2012 and the whole world will be watching as the Olympians take the field to fight for the glory of their countries.
The Olympics is a sporting event for many different sports that is every four years. The original Olympic Games were held in the ancient Greek city of Olympia that since the 10th century BC. was a religious and political meeting place.
The first recorded celebration of the Games at Olympia was in 776 BC. It is almost certain that this was not the first time that the Games were held. Then the Games were only local and had only one race, the race of the stadium.
Although the Olympics were originally held on the fields around the temple of Zeus, with the growth of the Games increased also the buildings of the Stadium. Finally Olympia had a stadium that offered enough space to 40,000 spectators. The Olympic Games which were held every four years, were one of the four Pan-Hellenic Games. The purpose of Olympic Games was for young men to show their physical qualities and to enforce the relationship between the various Greek cities. Only Greek men were allowed to participate in the Olympics but not women. – www.athensguide.org
For news and updates on the South African Olympic Team keep an eye on the SASCOC Road to London 2012 website.