How Did The Olympic Games Begin?

Olympic Games

Ancient Olympics

?? The Greeks loved sport and they were known for their competitive spirit. The Olympic Games began over 2,700 plus years ago in Olympia, located in South-West Greece. Originally, the games were part of a religious festival held in honour of Zeus, the king of the Gods.
?️ Every 4 years, around 50,000 people would come from all over Greece to watch the games.
? Horse races, chariot races, boxing, wrestling, and foot races were all popular events.
? There were no gold, silver and bronze medals. Winners were given a wreath of leaves and would receive a hero’s welcome back in their home cities. They were seen as being touched by the Gods.
?‍?‍? Only men, boys & unmarried girls were allowed to attend to attend the Olympic Games. Married women were not allowed.
?‍?‍? One story tells of a mother so keen to see her son compete, that she broke the no-women rule & disguised herself as a man!

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