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5 OLYMPIC RINGS 5 sports

Olympic swimming

Athletics as a whole

Olympic archery

Olympic Karate

Olympic volleyball

  • An Olympic-sized pool can hold up to 850,000 gallons of water
  • Olympic-sized pools are always 50 meters
  • they can have widths of either 25 yards or 25 meters.
  • That's enough water to fill more than 9,400 bathtubs!

Swimming started its sporting journey in the mid-19th century, when the world’s first swimming organisation was formed in London in 1837. Inevitably, things soon became competitive and, in 1846, the first swimming championship was held in Australia. The race became an annual event, and it was an early indicator for the future success of competitive swimming.

The history of swimming.

Olympic swimming facts

Volleyball is a sport played on a court by two teams of six players. The game was originally called “Mintonette”, a name derived from the game of badminton, because of its likeness to the sport. William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director and a student at Springfield College, is credited with creating the game of volleyball in 1895 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.Mintonette (as volleyball was called at the time) was designed to be an indoor pastime that could be enjoyed by older members of the YMCA, and took some of its characteristics from other sports including tennis and handball.

Facts on Olympic volleyball

Olympic Volleyball

Athletics is a sport that includes a number of events involving running, jumping, throwing or walking. Often referred to as track & field, the sport includes single events, such as the 100m, marathon or long jump, combined events, including the decathlon and heptathlon, or team-based events such as the 4x100m relays. While athletics has been practised throughout history, the first ever event contested at the ancient Olympic Games was the “stadium” race, a sprint of about 192 metres. Winners in this event have been recorded from as far back as 776 BC.

Facts about Olympic athletics

Athletics as a whole

  • Karate was first included in the Summer Olympic Games at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. After it was announced to not be included in 2024, in August 2022 it was announced that karate had made the shortlist for inclusion in the 2028 Games.

Karate is a Japanese martial art that uses striking techniques with hands, feet, elbows, and knees, as well as blocking and grappling, to develop physical and mental discipline. Karate is an ancient discipline with the roots of its current form originating on the Japanese island of Okinawa during the Ryukyu Dynasty, which was established in the 15th century. It became popular across Japan in the 1920s and expanded internationally following World War II.

Facts about Olympic karate

Olympic karate

Archery is one of the oldest sports still practised, and is closely linked to the development of civilisation. Using bows and arrows, the sport as a history dating back thousands of years. As a cultural advance, it was comparable to the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel. Archery was the favourite sport of the Egyptian pharaohs during the 18th dynasty (1567-1320 BC). Many centuries later, some of the earliest recorded archery tournaments took place during the Zhou dynasty (1046 - 256 BC) in China. Such events were attended by Chinese nobility. Much later, English writers honoured the longbow for famous contributions to their country’s victories in the battles of Crécy, Agincourt and Poitiers.

Facts about Olympic archery

Olympic archery