|The Olympic Games were officially organized for the first time in 776 BC in Olympia, with the first event a race, names "stadion", which took place every four years. Gradually other contests were added, reaching the actual number of 3 athletic events. The Olympic Games continued up until 395 AC when they were abolished by the Emperor Theodosios I. The Olympic Games are part of the international cultural heritage and belong to the entire humanity. The Games demonstrate the ethos and the moral principals of the society in which they originated. The highest expression of this ethos it is found to the concept of ceasefire, meaning the suspension of the hostilities of the unhampered conducting of the Games in an atmosphere far from racial and political differences. |
The Olympic Games resumed in 1896 in Athens, upon initiative of the French baron Pierre de Coubertin. The people celebrated this event, believing that with this revival a new sense of altruism and mutual understanding could reign in the world. Only in this way the Olympic Games sever the idea of peace that is so much needed by humanity.
Text: Elli G. Hadjigeorgiou, Nicosia.
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.