The First Modern Olympics: The Right To Ending The Olympics

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On December 10th, 1893, the Prime Minister of Greece, Trikoupis, went to parliament and stated that the country was bankrupt. Greece had over-borrowed money from other countries and the bankruptcy resulted in a decrease in overseas and state income. About halfway into 1893, about half of the Greek budget was being used in order to get the country out of debt. Eventually the problem became so bad that Greece had to give up their control over their finances to British, French, German, and other commission officials. When the meeting in France about the revival of the Olympics was held, Pierre de Coubertin decided that the first Modern Olympics would be held in Greece, even though the Greeks did not want to hold them. Although Prime Minister Trikoupis…show more content…
Once countries realized that they could begin to make back the money they spent on hosting the games, and sometimes even making more money than they spent, countries began competing with each other to host them. In addition to broadcasting rights, countries were also able to make money by selling tickets, sponsorships, and licensed products. But, ever since the recent global economic crisis around the world, there have been less countries competing for the right to host the games since many of them are afraid to lose more money (Kalkavan, Ozdilek, Gulac, & Altinok,…show more content…
Athletes would do anything to win a gold medal for their country, and for their own pride. The competition is so tough that some athletes have gone to extreme measures in order to make themselves as strong and fast as possible. Besides the typical steroids that many professional athletes use illegally, there are many over the top ways to legally get a boost of energy for the games. One technique that has been used is “blood sport,” which is a technique where a person’s blood circulation is cut off for approximately five minutes, and this is done up to four times. Since this technique was seen to be helpful for heart attack victims, a scientist at Liverpool John Moores University in England decided to try it on athletes to see if it would benefit them too. The results showed that cycling athletes who tried “blood sporting” were less tired, and decreased their race time by one percent. Nobody knows how this technique works or what happens inside a person’s body to make them faster and less tired (Hamzelou,
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