The 2000 Sydney Olympics flame went under water at the Great Barrier Reef.
26 Jul 2016 2:28 AM
If you feel tug-of-war was an odd sport to have featured in the Olympics from 1900 from 1920, what would you think of live pigeon shooting — which cost the lives of around 300 winged targets in 1900
25 Jul 2016 1:35 AM
Mascots are not as old as some of the more enduring symbols of the Olympics but they endeared themselves so quickly to sports lovers all over the world that an edition of the Games without them is unt
24 Jul 2016 12:38 AM
Swimmer Michael Phelps isn’t an Olympic pioneer, although he has 22 medals including 18 gold. Nor can gymnast Larisa Latynina with 18 medals stake a claim.
23 Jul 2016 2:37 AM
The image of the five inter-locked Olympic rings is a potent brand today but its birth was shorn of fanfare.
21 Jul 2016 11:39 PM
Mohammed Shahid, whose dazzling dribbling enchanted team-mates, opponents and fans alike in hockey, is no more. Words would be inadequate to capture the magic the Varanasi man conjured on the field.
21 Jul 2016 2:45 AM
Athletes and countries have used the Olympics as a platform to fight against racism because there is no bigger stage in sport to grab the world’s attention.
20 Jul 2016 7:10 AM
Light middleweight boxer Park Si-hun of South Korea was declared the winner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics despite only 32 hits as opposed to USA’s Roy Jones’ 86.
19 Jul 2016 12:59 AM
Countless identical twins have taken part at the same Olympics. But for the first time in the history of the Games, identical triplets will be competing in Rio.
18 Jul 2016 1:28 AM
S. Arokiya Rajiv expended his last ounce of energy to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the 400m.
17 Jul 2016 1:21 AM
The Olympics have been fertile ground for myriad inspirational stories. Athletes who pushed the boundaries of excellence against mountainous odds have graced every edition of the Games since 1896.
16 Jul 2016 2:26 AM
The word ‘amateur’ is hardly used in a positive sense these days. Etymologically, though, it doesn’t have a negative connotation.
14 Jul 2016 11:26 PM
Football is unquestionably the most popular sport in the world. By extension it should be the no. 1 at the Olympics, too. But it isn’t. Why
14 Jul 2016 1:21 AM
An Olympic medal is a symbol of excellence and the culmination of years of hard work. Nothing drives athletes harder.
11 Jul 2016 11:44 PM
An Olympics without women is unthinkable today. As many as 4,676 (44% of the total participants) took in the 2012 London Games.
11 Jul 2016 2:19 AM
Baron Pierre de Coubertin had a lot of detractors in his lifetime but the Frenchman’s contribution to the revival of the modern Olympics was remarkable.
09 Jul 2016 2:42 AM
In popular perception, Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
08 Jul 2016 2:09 AM
We all know that Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games but nobody knows how somebody had a brainwave to stage them in the first place.
07 Jul 2016 3:14 AM
Being a gymnast isn’t for the faint-hearted; in India it’s not even for the fearless. For the majority of Indians, gymnastics is primarily something they watch on TV every four years.
06 Jul 2016 12:20 AM
Spare a thought for Chile.
03 Jul 2016 1:35 AM