The Modern Olympics

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The modern Olympics that we watch now started up on the 6th of April in 1896.

Started up? You say, well the Olympics went on a bit of a break after being banned by the Roman Emperor Theodosius I because it didn’t fit with his religion! 

The Olympics started again after a French man named Pierre de Coubertin raised the idea at an international sport conference and the idea to restart the Olympic Games officially was approved! 

They were hosted in Athens, which is fitting because that is in Greece, where the first games ever were held! Unfortunately, they were still only open to  men (Woman only started competing in 1900, and then they only competed in 5 sports). 

There were 280 athletes from 12 countries and they competed in 43 events, which may sound like a lot but there will be 330 events this year! 

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