The original Olympics Games originated from Olympia, Greece in 776 BC that was celebrated until 393 AD. In motivating and developing the interest in the Olympics a Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos played an important role in the poem he wrote called "Dialogue of the Dead" in 1833. Therefore, the excitement and thrill for the Olympics just kept becoming more and more in Greece which spread to other countries as well. Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He also paid for the refurbishment of the Panathinaiko Stadium for the Olympics to be held there in 1870 and 1875.
The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 with the help of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The first of the IOC’s Olympic Games were the Summer Olympics (1896) held in Athens, Greece. Contestants are allowed to participate in the Olympics from all around the world encouraging them to participate and show their talents. Now with the advancement of satellite communication and strong media the entire world is able to see the live telecast of the Olympics. Still after this facility people prefer to fly to the hosting city to watch the Olympics.
In the 19th Century, the trend spread of every sporting event having a motto of their sporting event, symbolizing the spirit and distinctive thing about that particular sporting event. Therefore, the official motto of the Olympic Games was chosen to be “Citius, altius, fortius,” Latin for “Faster, higher, stronger,” Coubertin adopted a phrase apparently coined by his friend Henri Didon, a teacher, a friar, and athletics enthusiast. The motto was installed in 1896, at the first modern Olympic Games. Some people now fear that the motto of the Olympic Games might be misinterpreted as a validation of performance-enhancing drugs. To clear out the confusion Coubertin made a statement on a day when the British and Americans were bitterly disputing who had won the 400-metre race at the 1908 London Games, the saying is now known as “credo” which stated “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to participate.”
As the motto of the Olympics tell that it is about stronger athletes participating that motivates them to win this competition. The last Olympic Games were held in 2006 and now the next Winter Olympic Games are to be held in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, whereas Summer Olympic Games will be held in 2012 hosted by London, United Kingdom.