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Summaries

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5. Summaries, April 16 - April 29 2012

 

Week 9 - 10
Each class summarizes the answers received from the   Learning Circle partners. The summaries are posted in the Wiki.

 


OL21, South Africa, Hope School

 

Thank you to all the people who answered our questions. We found your answers enlightening, in that, we learned how your countries support disabled athletes. In summary we agree that there can be no equality between disabled sports and able bodied sport, but there can be equality between sportsmen as proved by disabled athletes taking part in the Olympics and able bodied athletes taking part at the Paralympics as pointed out by the group from Kenia. Neroli Fairhall, a Paralympic archer from New Zealand, set a precedent by participating in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, USA. Since then there has been a few Paralympic athletes who have participated at the Olympic Games. In 2007 Oscar Pistorius, a South African track Paralympian competed at a non-disabled track meet as he wanted to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2008. After this track meet the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned the use of technical devices that employs springs, wheels or any other element that provides its user with an advantage over non-users. The concern under athletes and the IAAF was that Oscar Pistorius’ blades give him an unfair advantage. This was overturned and he could participate in 2008 if he qualified, which he just missed. Sighted guides for blind athletes also participate at the Paralympic Games. They are seen as a team and both are medal candidates. The school from Ghana and one school from Romania say that making disabled and able bodied sports equal is impossible, but the one of the Romanian schools say their county is on the verge of acheiving this by Paralympic athletes being supplied with equal sport and training facilities. Their athletes are supported equally. The school from the Ukraine says that since 2002 they have a National Paralympic Centre, through this their Paralympics now has a specific budget, training and support from their government, resulting in increasing participation and medals at the Paralympic Games. The school from Kenia reminds that although there is international policies of no discrimination,  most countries not supporting their teams equally especially with funding. The school from Macedonia says they have no Paralympic Team.

 

Most groups made no specific mention of their disabled athletes apart from their Paralympic athletes, but the group from Ghana said that they do not have a lot of lot of disabled sports in their country and the publicity is poor, but it is increasing. They feel that the able bodied athletes will always be at an advantage and that there has never been an instance where they were treated equally. One group from Romania says that in their country the National Paralympics Committee promote Paralympic awareness to ensure that talented disabled athletes get same opportunities and financial support to develop.

 

Through the answers we have received we have found that, in general, most schools have said that their countries either have very poor publicity and that their disabled athletes are not as well known as their able bodied athletes, or have a slow increasing progress towards having better publicity for their Paralympic athletes. Generally the media coverage at the Paralympic Games have been poor, the Paralympics have been unable to maintain a consistent international media presence. It has increased recently, but is still not equal to the coverage of the Olympic Games. But one school in Romania stated that their country has one very well known Paralympic athlete, Novak Ede, who is known for cycling.  Valeriy Sushkevych, a disabled swimmer turned politician is very well known in the in Ukraine; he helped establish the National Paralympic Centre. One group from    Romania feels their country supports both the Olympics and Paralympics equally, but the Paralympics is not as popular as the Olympics. Some schools provided us with lists of their Paralympic athletes although we were unable to find how well known they are.

We can therefore conclude that throughout the world there is a slow progress towards equality and recognition between Paralympic and Olympic athletes.

 

 


OL22, Ghana, Morning Star School Limited

Summary

 

We've learnt about the origin of the Olympics, improvements and modification of the Olympics, and its impact on the world as a whole.

 

We learnt about the achievement of our various countries so far as the Olympics is concerned. Also we know the Olympics will take place in London this season.

 

 

 


OL23, Romania, National College Grigore Moisil

Summary 

We are sorry we are late. Thank you all for your answers. We hope you all had a good time and learnt a lot of things about sports and the Olympic games.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 


OL25, Ukraine, Schors District Gymnasium

Summary

The Results of Olympic Games

Thanks to all of you, who answered our questions. You really helped us to find out the results of your country  at the Olympic Games and to learn about your favourite sportsmen. Now we know, that:

South Africa first participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1904 in St. Louis, USA. In total they have 20 gold medals, 24 Silver and 26 bronze for a grand total of 70 medals for all the Olympic Games that they participated in. In the top three, it is Athletics with 6 Gold’s, 11  silver and 6 bronze, secondly Boxing with 6 Gold’s, 4 silver, and 9 bronze, then the last one is swimming with 4 Gold’s, 2 silver and 6 bronze

Romaniafirst participated at theOlympic Gamesin 1900, with a single participant.The nation first sent a team to compete at the Games in 1924, and has only missed two editions each of theSummer Olympic GamesandWinter Olympic Gamessince then.Romania's most successful Olympic Games: they won 20 gold medals and 53 medals total. Romanian athletes have won a total of 293 medals, withgymnasticsas the top medal-producing sport.

 

Kenya: In 2008, Lagat won both 1500 mand 5000 mruns at the US Olympic Trials inEugene, Oregon, qualifying himself to compete withTeam USAat the2008 Summer OlympicsinBeijing, China. Kenyan athletes have won a total of 75 medals, all inathleticsandboxing: 23 gold, 28 silver, 24 bronze.

 

TheRepublic of Macedonia first competed as an independent nation at theOlympic Gamesat the1996 Summer Olympics, and has participated in everySummer Olympic GamesandWinter Olympic Gamessince then.

Only one athlete representing Macedonia since 1996 has won an Olympic medal.

Several other athletes from theSocialist Republic of Macedonia(a constituent country of the formerSFR Yugoslavia) have also won Olympic medals, competing for Yugoslavia(

2 gold , 5 silver, 5 bronze).

 

Ghana  first participated at theOlympic Gamesin 1952, when it was known by the colonial name ofGold Coast. Ghanaian athletes have won a total of 4 Olympics medals, three inboxing, and a bronze medal by the under-23Ghana national football teamin 1992.

 

Ukraine participated at the Olympics for the first time as a separate team at the 1994Winter Games in Lillehammer,and since then, takes part in all theSummer and WinterGames.
Over the years the Ukrainian team won 96medals at theSummer Games, and in the winter.

These are favourite sportsmen:

1)                  Romania:

One of our favourite champion isDragoş Coman(born October 16, 1980 inBucharest) is an internationalfreestyleswimmerfromRomania, who represented his native country at two consecutiveSummer Olympics, starting in2000inSydney, Australia.

One of our favorite Olympic champions is the gymnast Nadia Elena Comaneci, who is one of the symbols of the 1970s. Romania's Nadia was the best athlete at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games. Nadia was 14 years old when she won three Olympic gold medals in Montreal'76. 

              South Africa:

   “Our favourite sportsman isOscar Leonard Carl Pistorius(born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur.

                 Kenya:

                  “Our favorite Olympic champion is Samuel Kamau Wanjiru(10 November 1986 – 15 May 2011) was aKenyanathlete, who  specialized inlong distance running. He became a professional at a young age and broke theworld recordin thehalf marathonwhen he was 18 years old.”

                  Macedonia: 

“We have many different most of all Olympics champions/sportsman. Most of us love the athletes and we never missed a singe race before. Usain Bolt is our common favorite also Angelo Taylor and Samuel Wanjiru.

                    Ukraine: 

Yana Klochkova,Ukrainian swimmer, who won five Olympic medals, including four"gold".Participant in three summerOlympics: 2000,2004, 2008

январь 2010 года

We wish you good luck at the future Olympics.

 

 

 

 


OL27, Romania, Székely Károly Technical School

Summarizing your answers we have found out that some of your countries first participated at the Olympic Games from the very beginnings of the XXth Century, others from the middle of the 1900s. Romania first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a single participant. The nation first sent a team to compete at the Games in 1924, and has only missed two editions each of the Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games since then. Romania was the lone Easterrn Bloc nation to participate at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, which the other nations boycotted. That was also Romania's most successful Olympic Games: they won 20 gold medals and 53 medals total. Romanian athletes have won a total of 293 medals, with gymnastics as the top medal-producing sport. Romania has won the second highest total number of medals (after Hungary) of nations that have never hosted the Games.

 


Ghana first participated at the Olympic Games in 1952, when it was known by the colonial name of Gold Coast. The most popular sports in Ghana are boxing, athletics and football.

Ukraine first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent country in 1994 and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games since then.             Ukraine has won a total of 96 medals at the Summer Games and 5 at the Winter Games, with gymnastics as the nation's top medal- producing sport.

The Republic of Macedonia first competed as an independent nation at the Olympic Games at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and has participated in every Olympic Games since then. Previously, until 1988, Macedonian athletes competed for Yugoslavia. The country participates officially under its provisional UN appellation "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia". The most popular Olympics sports in Macedonia are: basketball, football and handball.

Kenya first participated at theOlympic Games in1956 and has sentathlets to compete in every Summer Olympics since then except for the boycotted 1976 and 1980 Games. Kenya participated in the Winter Olympic Games in1998,2002 and 2006. However, their only competitor at these gamesPhilip Boit, failed to qualify for the 2010 event and retired in 2011. Kenyan athletes have won a total of 75 medals all in athletics and boxing.

We have learned from this Learning Circle the name and the performance of many sportsmen, who had won Olympic medals for their countries.

Best regards, group OL 27

 

 

 

 

 


OL28, Romania, National College Grigore Moisil

 

Thanks to all of you, who answered our questions ! Here is our summary:

 

Question: When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?Are you going to watch the games? Where is the Olympic flame lit? What is its significance? How have the Games changed throughout time?

 

This year the Summer Olympics Games are going to be from 27 July and ending at 14 August. The Host city is London, England, United Kingdom.

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek God named Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics.

The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people. Events have changed over the century or so of the modern Olympics and are continuing to change as we lead up to the next Olympic Games. Separate winter and Summer Olympic Games, in different years, only commenced in 1994, previously being held in the same year. Therefore the Olympic Games have changed throughout time up to that they have resulted in the same great level of significance to modern athletes.

 

Thanks to all of you, who answered our questions ! Here is our summary:

 

Question:

 

Hi GTP! These are our question under the Olympic Games Topic:

a) How do you think the olympics are affecting the worldwide tourism?

b) How do you think that the olympics are involved in the progress of the athletes in your country?

c) Present us a parallel between the olympics nowadays and the olympics hold back then in the Ancient Greece.

d) Do you think that the olympics would affect the development of a country after hosting it?

 

 

The Olympics aren't affecting the worldwide tourism, because the Olympic Games is a major international sports event feauturing Summer and Winter in wich thousands of athlets participate in a variety of Competitions.The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the World's most famous sports competition were more than 200 nations participate.

The Olympics are mostly involved at the gymnastics and that mostly they are the most interested and maybe ones with the best results on the Olympics from our country.

Ancient and Modern Olympics

Similarities

Javelin, wrestling.

There are many of the same events like races

they were also held every four years

The winner gets an award that was not money

 

Differences

They used to sprint but it wasn't a 100 meters.

There were no world records in the Ancient Games

There were no water sports

There were no winter sports

There were no women allowed to compete, and only young, umarried women were allowed to watch. Married women that were even inside Olympia were thrown off cliffs.

The Ancient Games were a religious festival, so oxen were sacrificed and eaten.

There was no Olympic Torch Relay.

The country hosting the event, can either have a positive outcome as its economy will grow through the tourism, or it will have a negative effect as the country may have a financial crisis after the event and its economy may have a slight melt down.

 

 


 

 OL29, Kenya, Chango Secondary School

Summary

 

What are some of the Olympics games that earn your country fame, medals and money? Describe briefly the policies put in place to spearhead the talented and the gifted in athletics and sports in your nation. Do you have talent and gifted schools with a formal curriculum?

 

 

Kenya at the Olympics

Kenya at the Olympic Games 

 
Flag of Kenya  Flag bearers

IOC code 

KEN

NOC 

National Olympic Committee Kenya

Kenya first participated at the Olympic Games in 1956, and has sent athletes to compete in everySummer Olympic Games since then, except for the boycotted 1976 and 1980 Games. Kenya participated in the Winter Olympic Games in1998, 2002 and 2006. However, their only competitor at these games, Philip Boit, failed to qualify for the 2010 event and  retire in 2011.Kenyan athletes have won a total of 75 medals, all in athletics and boxing.

The National Olympic Committee for Kenya is theNational Olympic Committee Kenya, and was founded in 1955.

Medalists

Medal

Name

Games

Sport

Event

 Bronze

Wilson Kiprugut

1964 Tokyo

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Gold

Naftali Temu

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Gold

Kipchoge Keino

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Gold

Amos Biwott

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Benjamin Kogo

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Daniel Rudisha
Munyoro Nyamau
Naftali Bon
Charles Asati

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 4×400m relay

 Silver

Kipchoge Keino

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Bronze

Naftali Temu

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Silver

Wilson Kiprugut

1968 Mexico City

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Bronze

Philip Waruinge

1968 Mexico City

Boxing

Men's featherweight

 Gold

Kipchoge Keino

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Gold

Charles Asati
Munyoro Nyamau
Robert Ouko
Julius Sang

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 4×400 m relay

 Silver

Kipchoge Keino

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Silver

Ben Jipcho

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Philip Waruinge

1972 Munich

Boxing

Men's featherweight

 Bronze

Julius Sang

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 400 m

 Bronze

Mike Boit

1972 Munich

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Bronze

Samuel Mbugua

1972 Munich

Boxing

Men's lightweight

 Bronze

Dick Murunga

1972 Munich

Boxing

Men's welterweight

 Gold

Julius Korir

1984 Los Angeles

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Bronze

Michael Musyoki

1984 Los Angeles

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Bronze

Ibrahim Bilali

1984 Los Angeles

Boxing

Men's flyweight

 Gold

John Ngugi

1988 Seoul

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Gold

Paul Ereng

1988 Seoul

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Gold

Robert Wangila

1988 Seoul

Boxing

Men's welterweight

 Silver

Peter Koech

1988 Seoul

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Douglas Wakiihuri

1988 Seoul

Athletics

Men's Marathon

 Bronze

Kipkemboi Kimeli

1988 Seoul

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Bronze

Chris Sande

1988 Seoul

Boxing

Men's middleweight

 Gold

Matthew Birir

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Gold

William Tanui

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Silver

Richard Chelimo

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Silver

Patrick Sang

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Paul Bitok

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Silver

Nixon Kiprotich

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Bronze

William Mutwol

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Bronze

Samson Kitur

1992 Barcelona

Athletics

Men's 400 m

 Gold

Joseph Keter

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Paul Tergat

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Silver

Moses Kiptanui

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Paul Bitok

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Silver

Pauline Konga

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Women's 5000 m

 Bronze

Stephen Kipkorir

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Bronze

Fred Onyancha

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Bronze

Erick Wainaina

1996 Atlanta

Athletics

Men's Marathon

 Gold

Noah Ngeny

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Gold

Reuben Kosgei

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Paul Tergat

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Silver

Wilson Boit Kipketer

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Erick Wainaina

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's Marathon

 Bronze

Bernard Lagat

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Bronze

Joyce Chepchumba

2000 Sydney

Athletics

Women's Marathon

 Gold

Ezekiel Kemboi

2004 Athens

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Bernard Lagat

2004 Athens

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Silver

Brimin Kipruto

2004 Athens

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Isabella Ochichi

2004 Athens

Athletics

Women's 5000 m

 Silver

Catherine Ndereba

2004 Athens

Athletics

Women's Marathon

 Bronze

Paul Kipsiele Koech

2004 Athens

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Bronze

Eliud Kipchoge

2004 Athens

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Gold

Asbel Kipruto Kiprop

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

 Gold

Brimin Kiprop Kipruto

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Gold

Wilfred Bungei

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Gold

Samuel Wanjiru

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's Marathon

 Gold

Pamela Jelimo

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Women's 800 m

 Gold

Nancy Lagat

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Women's 1500 m

 Silver

Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Women's 800 m

 Silver

Catherine Ndereba

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Women's Marathon

 Silver

Eunice Jepkorir

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Women's 3000 m steeplechase

 Silver

Eliud Kipchoge

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Bronze

Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Bronze

Micah Kogo

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 10000 m

 Bronze

Edwin Cheruiyot Soi

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 5000 m

 Bronze

Alfred Kirwa Yego

2008 Beijing

Athletics

Men's 800 m

Medal tables

Medals by Summer Games 

: 

Games

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1956 Melbourne

0

0

0

0

1960 Rome

0

0

0

0

1964 Tokyo

0

0

1

1

1968 Mexico City

3

4

2

9

1972 Munich

2

3

4

9

1976 Montreal

did not participate

1980 Moscow

did not participate

1984 Los Angeles

1

0

2

3

1988 Seoul

5

2

2

9

1992 Barcelona

2

4

2

8

1996 Atlanta

1

4

3

8

2000 Sydney

2

3

2

7

2004 Athens

1

4

2

7

2008 Beijing

6

4

4

14

Total

23

28

24

75

[edit]Medals by sport 

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Athletics

22

27

19

68

Boxing

1

1

5

7

Total

23

28

24

75

.

 

Kenya Golf  


This golf folklore which has eluded many a Kenyan golfer will be sponsored by Barclays Bank Kenya hence the moniker 'Barclays Kenya Open', which c
ommitted title sponsorship till 2015. This year's tournament will be 3rd tourney ,as part of the 2012 European Challenge Tour and the ONLY African tournament featured too.




 

Basket ball

Friday, 23 March 2012

True "B' ball Awards" Code RED Basketball style!!!

The 'unofficial' basketball promoters in the country – Code RED Basketball- managed by entertainment group Code Red DJs will tomorrow award outstanding Kenyan basketball talent in an event to be held at the Louis Leakey auditorium, Nairobi, Kenya National Museum starting at 1800hours.


Filling in the vacuum left by
Kenya Basketball Federation which has been dithering in many ways in handling the basketball game in Kenya, CodeRED Basketball which has been behind the Friday Night Basketball action will host what would be the creme-de-la-creme. Naming them, 'The B' ball Awards' and as they have christened them 'let the stars shine'; the awards will seek to recognise the talent in the game in country for the 2011 season.
It's a good initiative only that we wish it was KBF which had secured their services and competitively engaged a professional vetting body which would in turn ask the public to vote in. This would have been a more representative move which would sell the game to the public, in essence promoting basketball further.

 



Can the Federation come up with something more wholesome and engaging the entire basketball fraternity? Can they engage more widely with corporate who would be willing to support their cause? Can this be the learning curve for the game to be able to change its face now and in coming days?
 
Pity that others see opportunities while the top brass' still in slumber...serious contenders and basketball officials, the ball is squarely in your court!


 

 

Football

 

Football Derby exposes Kenyan football soft underbelly

Many had gone to the game expecting it to live to the hype but what transpired on Sunday is the sad reality of what the Kenyan football game should address and hopefully learn from going forward.
Before going all ham on this post, we seek your indulgence on an article carried by the
Daily Nation last week on Wednesday 14th March about how 'financially-troubled clubs being dropped from KPL'. The article sought to give direction on what would happen to clubs which have not had proper finances being demoted to lower rung leagues from the Kenya Premier League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropping the Ball? 

It sought to give a clear signal to clubs which have not been able to meet their financial obligations such as paying their players, having concrete contracts for the players as well as functioning secretariat would face such consequences.
The same article estimated each club's requirement for a season at between KSh.12-15 million. Of this amount, each club is estimated to earn about KSh. 4.4 million from SuperSport who are funding KPL's activities thus far.
For the last two seasons, we have seen many a club come into the top league but struggle through the season to meet their financial obligations. This season already Rangers FC has been sending
red alerts to potential financiers to come to their aid.  They have even contemplated changing their base to create veritable home support in a bid to attract fans to their games.
This is just one of the concerns that KPL needs to address. One of the ways it can aid in this is by securing an overall title sponsor for the Premier League similar to what other leagues in more 'developed football economies'. This would ensure some more subsidies for the clubs from the KPL in terms of bonuses and assured revenue.

Secondly, the KPL needs come up with a blueprint which would ensure that by the time a club is in the Nationwide League, it is already approaching potential sponsors with the promise of support if they do indeed qualify for the top flight.

Thirdly, with new devolved system of governance, it will be imperative for urban centres in the different counties to come up with social amenities such as stadia, community grounds and related infrastructure. If they can manage to convince a few of the towns which have basic stadia to spruce them up in time and relocate them to these towns, that would build home support for the teams and in longevity ensure wider spread of the game.

Fourth as we saw on Sunday, only a few of the top clubs can muster huge crowds. If the level of competition is enhanced and less emphasis is laid on these top teams, the other teams will also start enjoying sizeable crowds during their games. See what has happened to Sofapaka, Ulinzi FC to name but a few?

Fifth, the security levels at most the games not just the big derby matches but also those in smaller towns leave a lot to be desired. Many a times the Kenya Police are contracted to suppress any crowd trouble but this needs reinforcement from private security personnel.

Sixth, heavy penalties should be incurred by the hosting team in case a game has crowd trouble, no amenities or poor surfaces for the play-grounds. Even the Nyayo National stadium which has been hosting majority of the games! It was
downgraded by FIFA due to fan trouble and lack of proper sitting arrangements. It is a no-brainer on this one!

Seventh, both KPL and FKF need to engage professional hands in the management of the game locally. Too many quacks are masquerading as sports administrators but we have seen a rather sorry state of the game at times.  The fact that players can go for months without pay while their managers/team owners 'roll in 4x4 vehicles' leaves a lot to be desired. Same applies to player agents and any other personnel relating to club/game logistics. FIFA is always willing to help and are regularly offering workshops and seminars to help with capacity building.

Eighth, since 1995, Kenya has not had club representation at continental level beyond the 1st or 2nd round qualifiers. This is not by accident, its because we have not invested in the game and when we do, it such knee-jerk situations that it fails to make any impact. Lack of proper structures at the top has meant management-by-crisis which has seen us where we are.

Ninth, social media's with us! But have we used those channels appropriately? As noted by another blogger
here. That fans and club enthusiasts can use these channels to hurl abuses at each other is such a sad state of affairs which won't help bring back the many fans who are yearning to watch live matches.

So going forward, it is bad that the game on Sunday ended the way it did. But if FKF and KPL can pick lessons from this, it can be a new phase for the game going. 

Athletics

 

African Cross Country championships - Kenya to top again?

Thanks to the IAAF's plan to switch the World Cross-country championships to biennial events the African athletics circuit will have its 3rd African Cross-Country championships. Confederation of African Athletics is all the more thankful for hosting one more event on its calendar.

 


Kenya - a previous host and major powerhouse in these forms of races will once again seek to battle it out with leading African challengers in the form of Ethiopia, and more recently Algeria, Eritrea and Morocco.
Last year the Kenyan teams in all races for men and women, both junior and senior saw the teams
literally sweep all medals on offer. From individual titles of Gold, Silver and Bronze to team honours; even after sending what was 2nd-best since last year was a World Cross-Country championships year. The exception though was the failure of Ethiopia sending any of its athletes as the tightly-managed sport by the country's powers sought to shield their athletes from over-exposure.

This left IAAF President Lamine Diack complaining that the event has been turned into an East African affair - thanks to Kenya's dominance - turning away athletes from West Africa ( only Nigeria was represented from the West African countries. Mr. Diack himself is Senegalese so he might be having a point right there! )

36 countries have confirmed participation exceeding last year's lowly figure of 16. This will indeed ensure there is enough competition for top honours, men and women both at senior and junior levels. Some countries might want to use the meet as a warm-up to national selection for their teams to participate in the London Olympic Games later this year.

Will Kenya repeat her sterling performance? Will the rest of the African states come forth and push our athletes to the limit? Can Mr. Diack's myth be broken?
March 18th at Cape Town- South Africa will tell it all! All the best to our Kenyan representatives, make Kenya proud once again!

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OL210, Macedonia, Municipality Secondary Medical School

Thank you very much about your answers and the research you did about our questions. We are really happy, we learned more and something new about the Olympics. Also thanks about the rang lists, they were really usefull for us. Also the pictures were really impressive. Now when we know more about the Olympics and especually individual contries the games would be more fun and also they will look more faliliar to us. We really apprechiate of how hard you worried to answer our questions.Thanks you once again. Was really interesting and impressive to work with you. Hopefully in the future will again cooperate.


OL211, Romania, Grupul Scolar Tehnic Nehoiu

Summary

       We appreciate your work and we thank you all for answering to our questions and everything you did.

 

Here is our summary:

       We are now more informed about the Olympics and  about other countries participation to the Olympic Games.We now know lots of things about thehistory of the Games,about the performance and about some great athlets from your countries and we found out things about some great performances.Without your help this could have never been possible.

        Thank you all again! You all are some very good and especially smart students!


 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

1. When is the opening of the Olympic Games this year?

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will be on the 27th July 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

 

2. Where is the Olympic flame lit?

Months before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

 

3. What is its significance?

The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept burning ever since the first Olympics.  Nowadays the lit torch spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.

 

4. How have the Games changed throughout time?

Since it’s early years the Olympic games have gone a long way. The Olympic Games were first held in Greece after every four years. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC, that’s about 3,000 years ago. At that time it was a great festival to honor the various gods, particularly Zeus. At that time the Olympics were called Olympiad in ancient Greece.The Games have changed up to that it has also expanded to include a separate winter and summer Olympics games and Paralympics games for the Disabled people.New sports have been added, women have been allowed to participate and most importantly new countries have been invited to join this magnificent competition. There’s no debate that this international competition has gone a long way since it has begun.

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