Rio Olympics

1. Why were the ancient olympics initially organised?

The ancient olympics were organised as part of a religious festival and  honour the leader of the Greek gods,Zeus

2. How and when did the modern olympics begin?

In 1896 the modern olympics begun because  Pierre De Coubertin believed that coming together to play sport would encourage peace amongst the world countries.

3. Why were athletes originally given olive wreaths as a reward?

Because the wreath of olives was a statue built in honour. The olive leaves were taken from the sacred Olympia olive trees near the temple of the Greek god Zenus.

4. Why do you think women were not allowed to participate in the

ancient olympics?                                                                                                   Women were allowed to Participate in sporting events in Sparta. There were two other events for sportswoman from other parts of Greece.

5. Why is a flame lit at the modern olympics? Where does the flame come from?

The flame is lit as part of the Olympic tradition and is used to light a cauldron at the stadium of the host city to symbolise the start of the games and peace between countries. The flame comes from Olympia.

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