Short Essay On Olympic Games

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In today's world many countries fight over the right to hold the olympic games. Countries love to hold bragging rights of the games and welcome all the tourism associated with the games. The olympics are not a new thing. “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. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decree in 393 A.D. that all such "pagan cults" be banned.” (history). They were called the olympic games because they were originally played in a city name olympus. The olympic games were originally played as an honour to zeus every 4 years. In today's world they are instead a way for countries to flex their muscles to show the world their amazing athletes. “The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280…show more content…
“. Since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, it has become clear that a city hosting the Games can anticipate a financial windfall, as spectators and sponsors converge for the event. Because of the tremendous potential for profit, the process of selecting host cities has become politicized, and there is a large potential for corruption.” (The history of the olympics). Corruption has occured many of times. People buy off the olympic committee member and they vote for certain cities to host the event. Often this leads into huge scandals leading to many people losing their jobs. It's not just the counties with the possibility to make money, the athletes themselves also have the ability to make a lot of money.” Athletes, too, especially in the "glamour sports" such as gymnastics, ice skating, or track and field, can reap tremendous financial gains for winning performances, through product endorsements and personal appearances. “(The history of the olympic
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