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The Olympic Festival: the significance of 5 rings! Time for a dive through history!


Article by: Plabita Chakraborty, The North-Eastern Chronicle

Visual by: Aslam Siddique

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The Olympics game is one of the most popular athletic festivals which is originated in ancient Greece and is considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than two thousand nations participating.


It is held after every four years, alternating between summer and winter Olympics every two years in four year period. In the era of Olympics, which basically symbolizes diversity and a sporting world, number of athletes come and showcase their talents and get honored and facilitated for their tremendous hard work.

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We hope all of us know or to those of you who doesn’t know, the first Olympics was held at Greece. During that time wars and battles were not allowed so that the athletes could travel safely without any harm.


Originally the Olympics games had only one event, but throughout the years more sports and events are kept on adding. The ancient Olympics were held at same place each time, the modern Olympics are held at different countries each time.


The Olympics rings are one of the most interesting elements which attract people attention. The rings were publicly presented for the first time in 1913.

The centre consists of white background, where the five rings are interlaced with each other. From left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green and red, where the blue, black and red is placed on top and the yellow and green rings are on the bottom line.


The five colors are basically chosen because when Pierre de Coubertin for the first time designed the rings, at least one of those five colors, including the white background of the flag, appeared of the national flag of each country participating in the Olympics.

The 1949-50 edition of the International Olympics Committee’s “Green Booklet” stated that each color is correspondent to a particular continent: blue for Australia and Oceania, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, green for Europe and red for the Americas, which together as a whole unite the five continents and the athletes from around the world.

Overall thousand of athletes from different corners of the world comes and compete in the journey of Olympics, trying to make their name in the world of sports.

The world comes to the common ground for celebrating peace and humanity. The goal of Olympics is to help built a better more peaceful world through international cooperation, friendship and the love for the games, the sportsmanship. The most important thing in Olympics is not to win, but to take part as the most important thing in life is not trying but struggle.


As we all know about the ongoing pandemic, due to which this year Olympics is being hosted in Japan, safety measures are made the priority.

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee ensured that all participants and spectators remain safe and healthy and should take appropriate responsibilities to supply their own face coverings, and are also advised to be vaccinated against covid-19 before the starting of the game.

The Olympics was originally scheduled to take place in the year 2020 but the pandemic took a toll and it got postponed for a year. Various concerns have been raised over hosting of Olympics as it might be able to have leaded to spread of the deadly virus.

Many guidelines and policies are issued to mitigate the risk, including advising support staff and athletes to avoid public transport, tourist attraction, restaurants and bars to avoid chances of catching or spreading if the air borne disease.

Altogether, after all the ups and downs, the Olympics is being held in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, where many players are bringing pride by winning and participating all over the globe.

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