The modern Olympic Games, also known as the Olympics, are major international sporting events that include summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world compete in a variety of competitions. The modern Olympic Games, also known as the Olympics, are the most important international sporting events in the world. The Olympic Games are often regarded as the most important sporting tournament on the planet, with more than 200 countries taking part. The Olympic Games are typically held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternated every two years throughout the course of the four-year span.
The ancient Olympic Games (Ancient Greek: vv) were held at Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC until the 4th century AD, and were the inspiration for their establishment. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established in 1894 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and the first modern Games were held in Athens in 1896 as a result. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter outlining the organization's structure and powers.
The Games have risen in popularity to the point that almost every country is now represented. Because of this expansion, there have been many difficulties and scandals, including boycotts, doping, bribery, and a terrorist attempt on the Olympic Games in 1972. Every two years, the Olympics and the media coverage that surrounds them offer competitors with the opportunity to achieve national and, in some cases, worldwide renown. The Games also offer a chance for the host city and nation to promote themselves to the rest of the globe via their participation.