The first celebration of the modern Olympic Games took place in its ancient birthplace of Athens. The Games attracted athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain.
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.
Some Facts of Athens Games
- The Olympic games were started in 776 BC on Mount Olympus in the honour of Greek God ‘Zeus’.
- In the flag of Olympics, there is a symbol of five coloured circles joining each other.
- The Olympic games are organised after every four years.
- The flag of Olympic Games was recognised in the year 1913 and was hoisted first time in Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920.
- The tradition to list the Olympic flame was started in Amsterdom Olympic Games in 1928. (This flame is lighted with Sun-rays.)
- The Head office of International Olympic Committee is in Lusane (Switzerland.)
- Participation of women in Olympic games started in the Second Olympic Games in 1900.
- First Indian player who participated in the Olympic games was an Anglo-Indian ‘Norman Prichard’, who took part in the Second Olympic Games in 1900 and won two medals in Athletics.
- First women participant of India in the Olympic games was Marrie Lila Ro.
- International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 at “Chakhon”.
- Generally, in the inaugural ceremony of Olympic games the team of Greece got first place and host team is placed in the last March Past parade. The teams of other places are placed in the alphabetical order of English alphabets.
- The first woman referee in the football was a Canadian lady Sonia Denancord in (Atlanta Olympics.)
- The maximum number of gold medal winner sports women is Larina Lavyanina. She has won 18 medals including a maximum of 9 gold medals.
- The maximum gold medal winners sports women in one Olympic is Christina Otty. She got 6 gold medals in swimming in Seoul Olympic of 1986.