Friday, April 11, 2008

Olympic Touch/ Flame. The Significance...

Everyone is talking about it, the papers carry news on it, political leaders talk about it, people feel angry about it, people feel sad about it.

I am talking about the Olympic Flame.

Fights, quarrels and violence surround it amidst the peace, togetherness and unity that the Games symbolises.

Do you know that the Olympic Touch/ flame is actually to commemorate the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, when a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics.

Now, the Olympic touch/ flame is used mainly as a marketing promotion as the symbol of the Olympic Games.

At one time, even Adolf Hitler used the touch a the Berlin Olympic Games as a tool to propagate Nazi ideology.

So what does the Olympic Games really mean?

According to Wiki, the Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event subdivided into summer and winter sporting events. The original Olympic Games were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were celebrated until AD 393. Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem "Dialogue of the Dead" in 1833. Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was set up and the first Olympic Games under their banner was in 1896, in Athens ,Greece.

The Games have also been embroiled in many countries calling for boycott of the games due to one reason or another such as in 1972, 1976 by the African countries, 1976 by China, 1980 because of Soviet's invasion of Afghanistan and even the current 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Olympic represents officially the unity of five inhabited continents, as presented by the 5 intertwined coloured rings known as the Olympic Rings (one colour representing one continent).

The Olympic Motto ""Citius, Altius, Fortius", meaning in Latin "Swifter, Stronger and Higher"

Perhaps most imperatively in the message of the Games is contained in the Olympic Creed

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

...the fighting spirit of the Human Race.

1 comment:

Don said...

Hello,

May I suggest a link related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

Our site:

URL: http://www.2008chinaolympics.com
Title: Beijing Olympics

Please let me know if you want a link back.
Many thanks for your reply.

Best Regards,

Don
chinaolympics8@gmail.com