The Decline of the Olympic Tradition

The Decline of the Olympic Tradition
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Athletic competitions and games have always been a matter of interest for human beings. Even during the ancient Greek and Roman periods, archaeologists have found traces which show that the people of those eras also used to take quite a lot of interest in games and athletic competitions.

Archaeologists found that in ancient Greece, people tried to organize events which are quite similar to the modern Olympic Games. At that time, they did not have the resources to have made it possible to form  large scale events like our modern Olympics in a quite well organized manner, but the archaeologists were very surprised to find that even in those times, they had managed to successfully run Olympic games.

The researchers found that the general population used to take quite a lot of interest in these games and people used to make time for watching the competitions in the stadiums. With the passage of time, the limited resources and limited ways of traveling had put a limit on the occurrence of these Olympic games. Due to limited resources, the organizing bodies of the Olympics had found it very difficult to have the Olympic games at regular intervals. Wars between tribes and nations was a big reason behind the decline of the Olympic games at that time, and it was due to wars that governments didn’t have extra resources that were necessary for the successful occurrence of Olympic events. Also, the wars produced bad relations between tribes and nations and such bad relations had become a major hindrance to the Olympic games.  The aggressive, conservative, and racist mentality of humans of that era and unawareness about the potential positive impacts of Olympic games on human behavior had played a very important role in the decline of the Olympic tradition.

As time passed, some people had tried to revive the tradition of the Olympics, but failed in all their attempts due to lack of support and unpolished techniques. At that time, people desperately wanted the revival of Olympic events as these events used to give them quite a lot of entertainment and recreational activities. Games and athletic competitions continued to happen during those times, but there is no evidence found that the large events such as the Olympics happened continuously. At last, the tradition of the Olympics died, until it was revived again in the revolutionary era of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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