The Olympic Games, which originated in ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago, were revived in the late 19th century and have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the Games were held every four years in Olympia, located in the western Peloponnese peninsula, in honor of the god Zeus. The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events. Since 1994, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been held separately and have alternated every two years.
But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Armand D’Angour explains the evolution of the Olympics in this video below
The latest edition of Olympic in Rio will begin on 5th of August 2016. This edition will involves athletes from 206 countries, 42 sports disciplines, 307 events in 37 venues.
Malaysia will be represented by 32 athletes for the summer games (5/8 – 21/8) and 16 athletes in Paralympic games (7/9 – 18/9). To keep updated with our national athletes performance in Olympic through social media, can click on this facebook page and twitter account
Rio 2016 events schedule