The Olympic Games are the world’s leading sports event. Athletes from more than 200 countries compete in them. They are held in a different country once every four years.
The Olympic Games were first held in ancient Greece at a site called Olympia. In the late 1800s a Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin worked to revive them. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) governs the modern Games. Its headquarters are in Switzerland. The IOC decides on the sports to include in the Olympics. It also chooses the cities that will host the Games. The most popular events include Gymnastics, Swimming, and Track and Field.
The Olympic Games begin with an opening ceremony. Each country’s team enters the Olympic stadium dressed in their official uniform. An athlete carrying the team’s national flag leads each group. The Greek team is always the first to enter the stadium.
Adapted from "Olympic Games", Britannica Kids, Encyclopædia Britannica, 19 Feb. 2021. kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Olympic-Games/353563