The Birth of the Olympic Village Tradition

The Birth of the Olympic Village Tradition
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Sports have always been popular, or let’s just say it has become more of a necessity than a habit in people’s lives to achieve fitness and health. Performing a sport is now a common thing but even more so it has become entertainment. One such sporting event that is known, enjoyed, and performed worldwide is the Olympics. The importance and popularity of the Olympics can be seen by the hype of people and their demands to watch the game as it begins. It attracts the entire world with its charm and appeal.

As the the hype of the Olympics increased, the need for Olympic villages came up. The name itself defines what an Olympic village actually is- it is the place where all the participants, trainers, and athletes are accommodated during the Olympic Games. This center is usually built inside an Olympic park.

With the games being so popular internationally, there always remains a risk of security, especially after the event of the Munich Massacre where 11 Iranian Olympic team members were taken hostage and murdered. Olympic villages have increased security and also have a tight hold on media in the village.

The basic thought behind the Olympic village comes from Pierre de Coubertin, who is often known as a founder for the Olympic Games. Before the villages were constructed in the cities, the Olympics participants were given rooms in hotels for accommodation by the National Olympics Committee which served to be very expensive. The hotels charged more during the Olympics season, and along with the heavy load of participants from all around the world, it was nearly impossible to survive with the expenses. However, it was not until the 1924 Olympics that the committee decided to build cabins near the Olympic park so that all the people participating could easily reach the game venues even before the start of the competition.

The main plans of an Olympic village were laid down in 1932 when an area was selected in which buildings and rooms were constructed for all of the Olympic participants. Not only did it lay out the accommodations, but also the other commodities and facilities that made it best for the athletes that came from all around the world. Modern villages, with all their comforts and amenities, make it an honor for all the athletes to come down and stay in the Olympic village where they can actually feel themselves as a part of the Olympic Games.