🇬🇷4/6 - 1896 Summer Olympics were held
First Olympics held in modern history
Host City: Athens, Greece
Event: 43 in 9 sports
The 1896 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the I Olympiad or Athens 1896, was the first international Olympic games in modern history.
The 9 sports were Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling
The Olympics were regarded as a great success. The Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date. The Panathenaic Stadium overflowed with the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event. After the Games, Coubertin and the IOC were petitioned by several prominent figures, including Greece's King George and some of the American competitors in Athens, to hold all the following Games in Athens. However, the 1900 Summer Olympics were already planned for Paris and, except for the Intercalated Games of 1906, the Olympics did not return to Greece until the 2004 Summer Olympics, 108 years later.
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