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The most important thing at the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part just as the important thing about life is not to conquer but to struggle well The words spoken by Pierre de Coubertin father of the Modern Summer Olympic Games Baron Pierre de Coubertin may have intended for the new Olympic Games to be a period of concord in which all differences of status religion politics and race would be forgotten but unfortunately as the Games have progressed so too have the political overtones associated with them Baron Pierre de Coubertin by reviving the ancient Olympic Games hoped that competition in sports would lead to a new international friendship and better cooperation amongst the nations whilst also allowing athletes to be exposed to different values than those of their own It is with misfortune that the Olympic Games have taken an unexpected turn and are used time and time again as another measurement for the ultimate victory the ultimate dominance the ultimate triumph on the world stage In the commotion of the promotion of the Olympic Games it is often forgotten that the original principles of the games included that individuals were to be contested against one another and that countries played no part In fact in the first Olympiads there were no formal teams of nations rather an assortment of individuals who came to Athens on their own expense for their own purposes As the Olympic Games progressed it became more and more apparent for participating nations that it was an excellent opportunity to promote their country Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the Olympic Games is relayed to countries all over the world exposing it onto a world audience Even before technological advances of television the Olympic Games were used by the countries to elevate themselves amongst one another Even in the first Olympiad of 1896 in Athens the realisation of the chance or
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