Celebrating Olympism

Today the international Olympic Movement and all of the sporting world celebrates International Olympic Day.
It was on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne, that Baron Pierre de Coubertin and a small group of invited sports leaders from around the globe at the time opted to establish what has emerged as the Modern Olympic Movement. Two years later the first edition of the Modern Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece, considered by many as the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games.

Ancient Olympics
Legend has it that the Ancient Olympic Games were held many centuries ago among the then Greek Empire. It was also stated that it was common for the warring nations to agree to a truce during the period of the Games.
Legend also has it that women were forbidden to participate in and even from watching the Games in the Ancient Olympics. While the archeological evidence suggests that the holy temples in the sanctuary of Olympia where the Ancient Olympics were held existed around 1300BC the first recorded edition was however dated 776 BC.