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Ancient Olympics

  • Origins: The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece, dating back to 776 BC in Olympia.
  • Events: Initially, they featured a single race but gradually expanded to include events like wrestling, long jump, shot put, and chariot racing.
  • Frequency: Held every four years to honor Zeus.

Modern Olympics

  • Revival: The modern Olympic Games were brought back to life by Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.
  • First Modern Games: These were held in Athens, Greece, with 13 countries participating and 280 athletes competing in 43 events.


  • Frequency: The Summer Olympics are held every four years.
  • Events: These include a wide range of sports such as athletics, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, rowing, and many others.
  • Notable Venues: Some of the prominent host cities have been London (1908, 1948, 2012), Los Angeles (1932, 1984, 2028), Tokyo (1964, 2020/2021), and Paris (1900, 1924, 2024).

Recent Games

  • Rio 2016: Hosted by Brazil, making it the first South American country to host the Olympics, and featured over 11,000 athletes.
  • Tokyo 2020: Conducted in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with participation from over 11,000 athletes representing 206 nations.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 other important information:

  • President of 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Seiko Hashimoto (Japan). She has appeared in seven Olympics (Speed skater and cyclist).
  • Official Mascots of Tokyo Olympics 2020
Miraitowa- Mascot of Tokyo Olympics/ Summer Olympics 2020

Medals for India at Tokyo Olympic 2020:

Most medals in Tokyo Olympics 2020 won by- America – Total Medal-113 (39 Gold, 41 Silver and 33 Bronze medal)

On second position: China- 88 Medals- (38 Gold, 32 Silver and 18 Bronze)

Third position is of: Japan- 58 Medals (27 Gold, 14 Silver and 17 Bronze)

India’s position- 48th– 07 Medals (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze)

Highest number of Gold Medal- America (39), Highest number of Silver Medal- America (41), Highest Bronze Medal- America(33)

India’s 7 medals record in Tokyo Olympic-

  1. Gold- Neeraj Chopra- Athletics (Men’s Javelin throw)
  2. First Silver in weightlifting: Chanu Saikhom Mirabai has become the first Indian weightlifter to win Silver at Olympics. She won in 49 Kg category.
  3. Silver- Ravi Kumar Dahiya- Weightlifting (Men’s freestyle 57 kg)
  4. Bronze- P.V. Sindhu- Badminton (Women’s Singles)
  5. Bronze- Lovlina Borgohain- Boxing (Women’s welterweight)
  6. Bronze- India men’s national field hockey team- Field Hockey (Men’s tournament)
  7. Bronze- Bajrang Punia- Wrestling (Men’s freestyle 65 kg)

First Ever (Maiden): Indian Qualifier at Olympics

Bhavani Devi- First ever Fencer

Nethra Kumanan- First ever woman sailor

Youngest athlete in Tokyo Olympics – Hend Zara- 12 yr. ( Syrian table tennis player)

First ever transgender athlete at Olympics– Laurel Hubbard (New Zealand), competed in the women’s 87 kg weightlifting category for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Old and new Motto of Olympics:

Initial Motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger” (“Citius, Altius, Fortius” in Latin). This has been the Olympic motto since 1894.

Updated Motto: “ Faster, Higher, Stronger, Together” (“Citius, Altius, Fortius, Communiter”). This was to reflect solidarity across the world at the time of COVID-19.

Five new sports were introduced to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 program: skateboarding, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and softball/baseball. where softball/ baseball was reinstated after 2008 and remaining were introduced for the first time in Olympics’ history.

Upcoming Games

Paris 2024: Planned for July 26 to August 11, 2024, with a focus on sustainability and urban venues.

Mascot of Paris 2024 summer Olympics
S. No.NameSportEvent
1Bhowneesh MendirattaShootingMen’s Trap
2Rudrankksh PatilShootingMen’s 10m Air Rifle
3Swapnil KusaleShootingMen’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Akhil SheoranShootingMen’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
5Mehuli GhoshShootingWomen’s 10m Air Rifle
6Sift Kaur SamraShootingWomen’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
7Rajeshwari KumariShootingWomen’s Trap
8Akshdeep SinghAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
9Priyanka GoswamiAthleticsWomen’s 20km Race Walk
10Vikas SinghAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
11Paramjeet BishtAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
12Murali SreeshankarAthleticsMen’s Long Jump
13Avinash SableAthleticsMen’s 3000m Steeplechase
14Neeraj ChopraAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw
15Parul ChaudharyAthleticsWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase
16Antim PanghalWrestlingWomen’s 53kg
17Nikhat ZareenBoxingWomen’s 50kg
18 Preeti PawarBoxingWomen’s 54kg
19Parveen HoodaBoxingWomen’s 57kg
20Lovlina BorgohainBoxingWomen’s 75kg
21Kishore JenaAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw
22Team IndiaHockeyMen’s Hockey
23Sarabjot SinghShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol
24Arjun BabutaShootingMen’s 10m Air Rifle
25Tilottama SenShootingWomen’s 10m Air Rifle
26Manu BhakerShootingWomen’s 25m Pistol
27Anish BhanwalaShootingMen’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
28Shriyanka SadangiShootingWomen’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
29Dhiraj BommadevaraArcheryMen’s Recurve
30Varun TomarShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol
31Esha SinghShootingWomen’s 10m Air Pistol
32Rhythm SangwanShootingWomen’s 25m Pistol
33Vijayveer SidhuShootingMen’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
34Raiza DhillonShootingWomen’s Skeet
35Anantjeet Singh NarukaShootingMen’s Skeet
36Suraj PanwarAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
37Servin SebastianAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
38Arshpreet SinghAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk
39Vishnu SaravananSailingMen’s One Person Dinghy
40Anush AgarwallaEquestrianDressage
41Indian men’s teamTable tennisMen’s Team And Two In Men’s Singles
42Indian women’s teamTable tennisWomen’s Team And Two In Women’s Singles
43Ram BabooAthleticsMen’s 20km Race Walk  
List of Indian players qualified in Paris Olympics 2024

Los Angeles 2028: Scheduled for July 21 to August 6, 2028, highlighting technology and innovation.


  • Frequency: Occurs every four years, two years apart from the Summer Olympics.
  • Events: Includes activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating, bobsledding, and more.
  • Notable Venues: Significant host cities have included Chamonix (1924), Lake Placid (1932, 1980), Sochi (2014), and PyeongChang (2018).

Recent Games

  • PyeongChang 2018: South Korea hosted the event, with a focus on fostering peace on the Korean Peninsula
  • Beijing 2022: Established Beijing as the initial city to host both the Summer (2008) and Winter Olympics.

Some details of winter Olympic Beijing 2022 (24th Edition)

The competition included 109 events spanning 15 sports, such as skiing, skating, ice hockey, curling, snowboarding, and others. Mascot of “Beijing winter Olympics 2022” was Bing Dwen Dwen.

Mascot of Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Motto of Beijing Winter Olympics 2022- Together for a Shared Future

Highest medals won by – Norway 37 (16G, 8S, 13B)

At second position- Germany 27 (12G, 10S, 5B)

At third position- China-15 (9G, 4S, 2B)

India didn’t get any medal in this Olympics. The only player from India who qualified in Beijing Winter Olympics- Mohammad Arif Khan (Alpine skier sport) (belongs to Jammu and Kashmir.)

Upcoming Games

The Milano-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy will take place from February 6 to February 22, 2026, featuring a mix of city and mountain locations.


Olympic Rings: Five interconnected rings symbolizing the unity of the five inhabited continents.

Contrary to popular belief, the colors of the Olympic Rings are not associated with any specific continent.

When Pierre de Coubertin designed the Olympic Rings, he selected the five colors, along with the white background, because they could collectively represent the colors of all national flags, a characteristic that continues to hold true today.

Olympic Flame: Represents the link between the ancient and modern Games, ignited in Olympia and carried to the host city


Opening Ceremony: Highlights the parade of nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

Closing Ceremony: Features the transfer of responsibilities to the next host city and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

Medals: Given to the top three athletes or teams in each event (gold, silver, bronze).

Role: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body responsible for overseeing the organization of the Olympic Games and promoting the Olympic Movement globally. It ensures the regular celebration of the Games, upholds the Olympic Charter, and supports the development of sports worldwide.

Founded: 1894, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

National Olympic Committees (NOCs) represent their countries in the Olympic Movement. They manage the preparation and participation of athletes in the Olympic Games, promote Olympic values nationally, and support the growth of sports within their countries.


Concern: The use of performance-enhancing drugs has been a major concern, prompting the implementation of strict anti-doping measures.

Action: The creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) aimed to address doping in sports.

Political Issues

Protests: The Olympics have sometimes been a platform for political protests and statements


Summary: Taking place immediately after the Summer and Winter Olympics, these games highlight athletes with disabilities.

First Occurrences: The Summer Games debuted in Rome in 1960, while the Winter Games premiered in Örnsköldsvik in 1976.

Youth Olympic Games

Overview: Targeting youths aged 14 to 18, with an emphasis on cultural and educational components.

First Occurrences: Singapore hosted the inaugural Summer Games in 2010, while Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Games in 2012.

Economic Impact

Expense: Hosting the Olympics can be quite costly, with outcomes varying in terms of return on investment.

Legacy: Potential long-term benefits include improvements in infrastructure and increased tourism.

Social Impact

Unity and Inspiration: The Games aim to promote peace, unity, and inspiration through athletic competition.

Inclusivity: Efforts are made to embrace a wider range of sports and athletes from diverse backgrounds.

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