The Olympic Games are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports.
The Summer Olympic Games are the single biggest event in the World, to give you an idea of how big an estimated 4.7 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the Beijing Games in 2008 – this is the largest global TV audience ever.
The Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius, is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger".
According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia.
The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in several changes to the Olympic Games. Some of these adjustments include the creation of the Winter Games for ice and winter sports, the Paralympic Games for athletes with a physical disability, and the World and European Youth Olympic Games for teenage athletes and the Special Olympics.
The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition. And the ultimate aspiration for many sports people is to secure a place on the Olympic podium.