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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite ina way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language theyunderstand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racialbarriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” Nelson Mandela
T H E O LY M P I C P RO C E S S I O N The games to be held every four years afterthe harvest. The first took place in 776 BC. Twodays before they began, official, athletes andtrainers set out on the two-day walk from Elisto Olympia.
THE OLYMPIC IDEAL When Baron Pierre de Coubertin restarted the Olympic Gamesjust over a hundred years ago, he hoped the meeting of athletes fromall over the world would lead to peace and better understandingbetween nations. He also hoped that the athletes would take part forthe joy of sport and not just for money or fame.
THE FIRST DAY A boar was sacrificed and athletes and judges took an oath. If they broke it they could be whipped.
THE SECOND DAY The second night of the festival always coincided with the full moon then a great feast was held.
THE THIRD AND FOURTH DAY. A hundred oxen were sacrificed on the altar of Zeus. The pile of ash was left to grow higher every year.
THE 5 DAY. On the last day the winners processed to the Temple of Zeus to be crowned with leaves from the sacred olive grove. There were no prizes but winners were often well rewarded by their home state. Second and third place didn’t even get medals… as they do today