One of the best sporting events in the world is the Olympic Games, which are held twice every four years. The Olympic Games, in which more than 100 countries compete, are the only major competition. For these sports, known as the Summer Olympic and Winter Olympic Games, thousands of participants train throughout the summer and winter.
On August 5, 2016, watchers will notice something different as spectators cheer on their national teams as they enter the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Refugee Olympic Team, which will march eloquently behind the Olympic banner, will be exclusive of refugee athletes.
The General Assembly’s announcement of the creation of the Refugee Olympic Team served to underscore once again the common goals of our organizations in finding answers to one of the most urgent problems of our day. IOC and UNHCR collaborated extensively to plan the Team, and UNHCR will serve as the Team’s Deputy chief de Mission. By assisting the Refugee Olympic Team, both organizations are venturing into uncharted territory, but we can draw from our combined experience of more than 20 years of collaboration.
Let’s go over these in greater detail:
The history of the Olympics
The Olympic Games were first held in Greece, where the ancient Greeks had intended to arrange a competition to bring all their athletes together on one field. As a result, this concept gave rise to the Olympic Games, which were intended to be held twice every four years. At the time, this even included the pentathlon and wrestling, but later, with time, it also had several other events, such as a footrace, boxing, the long jump, the javelin throw, and many others.
The sign that it denotes
Every sportsperson knows the various significant emblems used to identify this event. The Olympic flag, which was first flown in 1914, consists of five rings: yellow, black, red, green, and blue. The five rings on a display stand in for the five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. The flag with these five rings is flown in the city where the Olympic games are held.
A sizable portion of the Olympic torch was also brought to the spotlight. This torch, which continues to burn until the game is over, represents the battle for victory.
The Olympic anthem is known as “Olympic music,” The opening ceremony is not complete without the torch and the flag. As they represent their nation in this competition, the athletes from each nation march behind their national banners. Each country’s athletes enter the arena as their national anthem is playing.
Following the conclusion of the national anthem, everyone enthusiastically greets the athletes, and the game officially kicks off.
Each athlete who competes on behalf of their nation swears to uphold the game’s laws and to play with good sportsmanship. This pledge is declared before the opening ceremony before the games begin to maintain the spirit of sportsmanship.
In the past, just one winner received an olive leaf crown. The second and third places received no preference. However, silver medals were later presented as the prize for the winner in 1896. As time progressed, medals also changed; in 1904, the top winner received a gold medal, followed by the second and third-place finishers who received silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Every athlete wants to offer their best effort in this sport because they represent our nation, and there is healthy competition among participants. It is not a player’s or a team’s triumph in this situation. Still, the entire country has won this battle. These gatherings include a range of games and give each one equal weight.