The Ancient Olympic Games. This requirement of seeking the approval of the International Olympic Committee IOC includes the artistic portion of opening and closing ceremonies. Beginning at the post— World War I Summer Olympics, the lighting of the Olympic flame was followed by the release of doves , symbolizing peace. The Olympic Charter states that the Olympic flag must "fly for the entire duration of the Olympic Games from a flagpole placed in a prominent position in the main stadium". Another IOC rule states that the cauldron should be witnessed outside by the entire residents of the entire host city. Despite the Games having been awarded to a particular city and not to the country in general, the Olympic Charter presently requires the opener to be the host country's head of state.
This was followed by a ceremony in which athletes took an oath of sportsmanship. Associated Press. For the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the three oaths are merged into one as the Unified Oath where one athlete, judge, and coach recite one line of the oath respectively before the athlete finishes it. In the Summer Olympics in Barcelona , both Spanish and Catalan were official languages of the games, but due to the political sensitivity surrounding the use of Catalan, the nations entered in French alphabetical order. These Olympics were always going to be a weighty affair, tasked with smoothly and triumphantly resuming the Olympic cycle after a year hiatus due to war. Did the Olympics play their part in sinking the Greek economy?
Finally, the Olympic flame is extinguished, marking the end of the Games. Sure, but only bits and pieces. The Dutch would revive that tradition at the Amsterdam Games with the introduction of an official Olympic flame. Winter Olympics of was another multi-sports event which was conducted from 18 to 28 February in the USA. In this age of digital effects, it was the the rare live performance that truly amazed. The Summer Games would usually conduct the ceremonies immediately after the event at the respective venues, whereas the Winter editions would present the medals at a nightly victory ceremony held at a medal plaza, excluding the most of indoor events. Indeed there was, in large part because the and Games were such abject failures that the Greeks felt the need for an intermediary Games to help revive the movement. Because some of the first events of the Games may start on the day before, on the day, or the day after the ceremonies, athletes competing in these early events may elect not to participate.