Olympic Games: Athletes in Action

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Modern olympics: origins 1896 in athens: enables: Athletes of all races, cultures, colours, creeds and political beliefs can meet and compete against each other. Communication can be established that will promote international understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity. Athletes can test themselves against the best in the world. Ideals of fair play and character formation through athletic participation are promoted throughout the world. Action as a force for world peace and cooperation: run by the international olympic committee (ioc) The architects of the modern olympic games: dr. william penny brookes and baron pierre de. Modern olympic games were established in england in 1850 by dr. william penny. Brookes: wenlock olympics - local, including limited sports. Because of the defeat the french experienced in the franco-prussian war, pierre de. Coubertin decided to devote his life to improving the national character of the french youth through athletic competition: was invited to the wenlock olympics by brookes (they became friends)

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