Olympics: Do you know how Everything started?

first_imgAncient Greeks described the origin of the Olympic Games in several legends. They were held every four years, which in ancient Greece became a unit of measurement of time. Thus, in some writings, it is possible to find records like “the third year of the eighth Olympiad” or “the first year of the ninth Olympiad” etc. Home of the contest, Olympia, belonged to the Greek city-state Elijah in the Peloponnese.Games had great importance in the Hellenistic culture. During the games was the Olympic Truce, when all the wars were interrupted, and spectators and competitors were able to pass freely through the arena. Messengers from Olympia went to all parts of the country to spread the news of the start of the games. The truce initially lasted for a month, and later for entire three months.Olympics remained an important event and the time of the Roman Empire when contestants from all around the country came to the arena. However, with a rise in the number of Christians and the rise of this religion as dominant religion, the Olympics gained the title of “pagan” ritual and its popularity declined. The Roman emperor Theodosius banned the Olympic Games in 393, after nearly 12 centuries of tradition.By the 19th century,  attempts of the organization of games that reminiscent of the Olympics in some form took place throughout the world, all without notable success. The forerunner of the first modern Olympic Games was the competition held in Greece, in 1859. After liberation from the Ottoman Empire, Greece searched all the ways to help the country to return Greek culture and traditions.The first Olympics were planned for 1900 in Paris. The International Olympic Committee has, however, suggested for the Olympics to return to their homeland and the first modern games were held in 1896 in Athens. A total of 285 athletes from 14 countries participated, although different sources give different information (especially when it comes to the participation of Bulgaria and Chile). There were more than 80 000 people at the opening. The competitors, all men, competed in nine sports and a total of 43 disciplines. Four years later, the number of participating countries has risen to 24 and included 1225 man athletes and 19 women.The popularity of the games, however, started to decline. Games in St. Louis in 1904 and four years later in London have not experienced great popularity. Competitors were mainly coming from countries where they were held, as well as most of the winners, and the games lasted for five or six months. Duration of games was regulated in 1932 in Los Angeles, and they last for 15 competition days ever since.Since its establishment until today, games are held every four years. The exception was the war abolished games in 1916, 1940 and 1944. London had most organizations, where the games were held three times – 1908, 1948 and 2012, as reported by Nationalgeographic.rs.The symbol of the Olympics, the eternal flame of Olympus, is actually a modern creation by Karl Diem, chief organizer of the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. The head of propaganda of the Nazi Party, Josef Goebbels, one of the most important people in Hitler’s machinery was watching the Olympics as a great opportunity to show the size and power of Nazi Germany, and the torch as a symbol of the ideal merger of ancient and modern games and the Nazis as the true successors of the ancient Greeks, that Hitler respected.Three thousand runners carried the torch made in the German factory Krupp from Mount Olympus to the stadium in Berlin. Fritz Schilgen, German runner brought the flame to the stadium before 100,000 spectators and the Fuhrer in a large VIP box.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 7, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, May 7, 2015•3:58 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•10:08 a.m. Shellye B. Campbell, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•11:30 a.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile problem in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.•12:05 p.m. Peyton Z. Lansden, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•12:29 p.m. Megan J. Mendenhall, 37, Grove, Okla. was arrested and confined charged with driving while suspended.•1:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a trailer in the 900 block E. 8th, Wellington.•3:13 p.m. Anthony M. Moody III, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 34 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•3:51 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. Washington, Wellington.•7:36 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•9:35 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

A defender who can defend! Reliable stopper on Spurs wish list

first_imgLet’s be honest, Tottenham’s defence needs reinforcing and one player identified to fix the back is Hector Moreno. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight runs the rule…Name: Hector MorenoDate of birth: 17/01/88Born: Sinaloa, north west MexicoClub: EspanyolPosition: DefenceInternational: 57 Mexico caps, one goalWhat’s the latest?Despite injury ruling him out of action midway through the World Cup, Tottenham have been linked with Mexico and Espanyol defender Hector Moreno. Manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with him during his time in charge of the Spanish club.Did you know?1) The defender came through the ranks at Mexican side Club Universidad Nacional and was promoted to the first team in 2007 after winning the U17 World Cup two years earlier with Mexico. He was signed by AZ Alkmaar in 2007.2) Moreno worked with Louis van Gaal during his time with the Dutch club and by the end of the 2008/09 season he was a regular feature in the side as the club finished the campaign as Eredivisie champions.3) Espanyol came calling in 2011 and with the help of a Mexican investment fund, signed Moreno for around €4.5m. He played 39 games under Mauricio Pochettino over the course of his first year at the Barcelona-based club.4) Along with his usual spot in the heart of the defence, Moreno has played as a holding midfielder at youth level for Mexico. He is a reliable stopper, whose errors are rare (imagine that, Spurs fans) and is powerful in the air.5) The defender has played for Mexico since U17 level, and made his senior debut at the age of 19 in October 2007. He was part of the Mexico squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil where he played every group game before breaking a bone in his shin against the Netherlands in the last 16. The injury ruled him out for between four and six months. And Jay Rodriguez, out since April with a knee problem, is also said to be a transfer target…What is being said?We’ve received a proposal for Hector. There’s a club that could be interested, but we don’t have an official document to certify it. It’s a foreign club– Espanyol president Joan Collet in JuneVideo evidence: Tottenham transfer target Hector Moreno 1last_img read more