The history of the Olympic games - part 2

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All athletes swore that they had been preparing well for the competitions and they promised to compete honestly and observe the rules of the sacred Olympic games. The athletes took part in different competitions.

Winners were named "Olympionics', they were awarded with olive wreathes and cups with olive butter. This tradition has been saved until now. Today athletes are often awarded with olive wreathes and cups for the first places in sport competitions.

Winners of the Olympic games become very popular in ancient Greece. The best masters were chosen to make the honorable cups. Many poets wrote poems about the best athletes and declaimed it in front of people. Sculptors created statues which placed in winners' homelands.

The Olympic games were accompanied with the art festivals. Poets declared their poems, singers performed hymns, dancers danced and orators pronounced their speeches - all of this were done in honor of the sacred games.

Only men were allowed to take part in the Olympic games. Women were not allowed even to watch the competitions under pain of death. There was only one exception, when woman trained his son and she went with him on the stadium in men's cloths. This brave woman wasn't punished because her son succeeded in several competitions.

Gorgeous and strong sportsmen' bodies inspired artists and sculptors. They painted wall pictures, made marble and bronze statues, and today we can admire of the physical beauty of athletes.

The Olympic games were holding for 1100 years while they were forbidden by emperor Theodosius in 394 AD because of religious reasons.

The rebirth of the Olympic games began after long time in 1892, when a young French teacher Pierre de Coubertin pronounced a speech in front of French sport clubs union in Paris.

At this time many people in different countries played sport games. They wanted to make friends with athletes from the other countries. Pierre de Coubertin understood the importance of sport, which unites people and helps to make peace stronger, like in ancient times.

June 23th, 1894 International Congress of sportsman made an important decision - to revive the Olympic games, to found International Olympic Committee, which responds for guide, organisation and holding of the modern Olympic games.

The first Committee consists of 12 members. Today 82 members of the International Olympic Committee controls activity of the countries, which joins the Olympic
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