The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.
Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games (Ancient Greek: ? ), which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority. Read more...
The 2020 Summer Olympics (2020, Nisen Nij?-nen Kaki Orinpikku), officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Japanese: , Hepburn: Dai Sanj?ni-kai Orinpikku Ky?gi Taikai) and commonly known as Tokyo 2020 or the Recovery Olympics, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 22 July.
Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 September 2013. This will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being in 1964, making it the first city in Asia to host the summer Games twice. Overall, these will be the fourth Olympic Games to be held in Japan, which also hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano). The 2020 Games will be the second of three consecutive Olympics to be held in East Asia, the first being the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, and the next being the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Read more...
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The 1896 Summer Olympics
(Greek: ? ? 1896
, romanized: Therinoí Olympiakoí Agónes 1896
), officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad
, was the first international Olympic Games
held in modern history
. Organised by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC), which had been created by Pierre de Coubertin
, it was held in Athens
, from 6 to 15 April 1896.
Fourteen nations and 241, all male, athletes took part in the games. Participants were all European, or living in Europe, with the exception of the United States team. Winners were given a silver medal, while runners-up received a copper medal. Retroactively, the IOC has converted these to gold and silver, and awarded bronze medals to third placed athletes. Ten of the 14 participating nations earned medals. The United States won the most gold medals, 11, host nation Greece won the most medals overall, 46. The highlight for the Greeks was the marathon victory by their compatriot Spyridon Louis. The most successful competitor was German wrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann, who won four events.
(, Italian: ['lwo]
, Neapolitan: ['lwo]
; born April 4, 1979) is a Canadian
former professional ice hockey goaltender
. He played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League
(NHL) for the New York Islanders
, Florida Panthers
and the Vancouver Canucks
. Luongo is a two-time NHL Second Team All-Star
) and a winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
for backstopping his team to the lowest goals against average
in the league (2011
, with backup Cory Schneider
). He was a finalist for several awards, including the Vezina Trophy
as the league's best goaltender (2004, 2007 and 2011), the Lester B. Pearson Award
as the top player voted by his peers (2004 and 2007), and the Hart Memorial Trophy
as the league's most valuable player (2007). Luongo is second all time in games played as an NHL goaltender (1,044) and third all time in wins
(489). He employed the butterfly style
- 27 December 2019 -
- The Dutch government announces it will officially stop using the moniker "Holland" from January 2020, so the country will only be referred to by its official name, the Netherlands. The change comes ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which the country is due to participate in. (The Independent)
- 9 December 2019 - Doping in Russia
- The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from competing in all major international sporting events, such as the 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, the 2022 FIFA World Cup and possibly the 2024 Summer Olympics, for the next four years. Russian athletes that want to compete can only do so as part of a "neutral team". Russia has three weeks to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (CNN) (United News India)
- 23 September 2019 -
- The World Anti-Doping Agency launches a probe into "inconsistencies" with laboratory results from Russia, promising "the most stringent sanctions" if violations are found. Russia was previously banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics following a similar probe. (France 24)
- 11 September 2019 -
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe rearranges his government cabinet, naming replacements at the Defense, Foreign Affairs, Environment and Olympics ministries, among others. (Al Jazeera)
- 24 June 2019 -
- The 2026 Winter Olympics are selected to be held in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (BBC)
- 15 February 2019 - 2020 Summer Olympics
- Following the announcement of the launch of a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, North Korea and South Korea announce that they are also interested in marching jointly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, as well as fielding unified teams in some sports. (ESPN)