The Olympic Games are a time when athletes represent their country and compete for the estimated 300 events, but these athletes are also bettering many economies, creating olive branches, and giving hope for cooperation. Since the beginning of the Olympics in Athens, Greece, the Olympic games have been about competition from different cities around Greece and now over 205 countries participated in the latest games in Rio de Janerio. The major expansion has influenced many disagreements that have been focused on the need for the games. The games, summer, and winter, allow countries to have a healthy amount of competition, but also give countries hope for cooperation with various countries.
From an economic standpoint, the games also allow the host cities to grow economically. The International Olympic Association decided that the games should be moved from city to city and not strictly in Athens. This has offered many countries great opportunities for increasing profits during the Olympic season. The Olympic games attract many fans awaiting athletes from their culture and cities compete. Tourism, restaurants, hotels, travel services, pubs, malls, and gift shops are highly popular. This gives the host country an opportunity to advertise the amazing culture, food, and travel spots. According to many country leaders, including Brazil, they hope that hosting the games will make their country be more prosperous.
As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day” the same is true for the Olympic games. The amount of work and planning that have made the games successful are because of the worker behind the scenes. As said in the article, “Why are the Olympics important?” The London Games were said to create 50,000 permeant jobs as management, coaching, and training of venues and facilities’. An additional 30,000 were created for the building of official buildings for the Olympics. The creation of all these jobs, permeant and not, has allowed many to restart their lives and support themselves.
The Olympics are also where many world-changing events occur that influence history. From breaking world records to unifying the world there are many parts of the games that could have changed history if the games were not continued. For instance, Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics made a claim to fame winning many gold medals while standing up for his morals. He also continued the fight to end discrimination. The games also create an opportunity for countries to bond over similarities to create olive branches not previously valued.
The Olympics also allows the countries to have an official and healthy competition. The Olympic games determine the best of the best at each event around the world, a title that cannot be achieved many ways. Almost every athlete can admit the dream and goal are to be good enough at their sport to go to the Olympics. The best of the best are selected and compete for their country for the top spot, but not everyone can win. Every rule from the rulebook will be active with referees at each set, match, or game. The Olympics are a time to show what each country can do and prove their dominance while allowing safety for each competitor.
In the end, the Olympics are and still is the most influential game bringing hundreds of thousands of fans to the stands to watch the athletes from their country and culture compete. Seeing many athletes work for years to achieve and possibly win the gold is revolutionary for many kids, young adults, and adults and encourages them to reach their goals. To compete on that level also shows all the hard work and teaching many life-lessons. They bring economic insurance, jobs, historical stories, and competition to the world. The Olympics may just be known as the games that come every two years but I can assure that they create a peaceful and loving world. Although many find the games useless they do more good than wrong.