Ancient sporting events in Greece took place about 3,000 years ago. There were at least four major sporting events, one of which was the Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece. The games were held every four years, and the term “Olympiad” referred to the period of time in between games. Footraces and wrestling were early events, and later, the chariot race and boxing were introduced.
Pierre de Coubertin wanted to promote athletics, and Greece held its own Olympics in the mid-1800s. Coubertin was inspired by Greece and wanted to create an international Olympic Games to promote athleticism and peace. In his proposal, he said, “Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers, into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future, and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally.” The first modern Olympics were held in Greece in 1896.