Tag Archives: international olympic committee

this day in the yesteryear: Opening of the First Modern Olympic Games (1896)


Opening of the First Modern Olympic Games (1896)

In 1894, after efforts by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin to revive the ancient Greek Olympics, the newly established International Olympic Committee appointed the Greek capital of Athens as the host city for the first modern international Olympic Games. Held between April 6 and 15, 1896, the games drew athletes from 14 countries for several athletic events, including the first modern marathon. Though women were not allowed to compete, one woman protested the day after the marathon by doing what? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Pelé (1940)


Pelé (1940)

In 1999, Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. Over the course of his 21-year career from 1956 to 1977, he scored 1,281 goals, captured every scoring record in Brazil, and led his national team to three World Cup victories. After his superb first World Cup appearance in 1958, Brazilian officials feared that their star player might be poached by a European club and did what prevent this? More… Discuss

this day in the yeasteryear: The International Olympic Committee Is Founded (1894) (THIS POST IS NOT EXPLOITED BY coca-cola)


The International Olympic Committee Is Founded (1894)

Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded following efforts by Pierre de Coubertin to reinstate the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in Greece in 776 BCE. Today, the IOC constitutes a single legal entity that organizes the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and owns copyrights, trademarks, and other intangible properties associated with the Games, such as the Olympic logos. What is the maximum number of members the IOC can have? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Jim Thorpe (1888)


Jim Thorpe (1888)

Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, and played basketball and Major League baseball. He lost his Olympic titles, however, when it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating the amateur status rules. His medals were later restored to him. Legend has it that Thorpe began his athletic career in what casual way? More… Discuss

Enhanced by Zemanta

WRESTLING TO BE DROPPED FROM OLYMPICS IN 2020 (might as well drop Olympics altogether!)


Wrestling to Be Dropped from Olympics in 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dealt a stunning blow to the wrestling community last week when it recommended that the sport be dropped from the Games starting in 2020. Wrestling was one of the founding sports of the ancient Olympic Games, and it featured in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Still, its longstanding Olympic legacy was not enough to keep it from getting the ax. The IOC hopes the move, which gives it the flexibility to add a new sport to the program, will help it maintain the appeal of the Games in a changing world. More… Discuss