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De Coubertin based much of the Olympic idea on the public school system in England during the 19th century

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De Coubertin based much of the Olympic idea on the public school system in England during the 19th century In attempting to answer the question I will cover the following points. Defining the key terms, I will then give a brief historical overview of the issue of Olympics. Using examples from the Olympic games I will identify the reasons for Pierre de Coubertin's reasons and influence of the Olympics in global sport. To conclude I will review the current issue of an outline where I think it will go in the future. Baron Pierre de Coubertin the man who revitalised the Olympics. This maybe the case in history books but there was a lot involvement from earlier generations. These date back way into the ancient times and they had a much different purpose to what they do now, they where all held in honour of gods. The Pythain Games where at Delphi to celebrate the festival of Apollo. ...read more.


In between the ancient games and the modern games, there wasn't just a big gap there was still games. Most notably the Cotswold Olympic Games they where first mentioned in 1636 and they where founded by a lawyer called Robert Dover. Also the Wenlock Olympian Games where founded in 1850 by Dr William Penny Brookes. Although these games where based on the ancient Olympics there were a big difference in that your class was a key to entry into the games. To try and change all this the National Olympian Association (NOA) was formed in London, the organisation held festivals in places like London, Liverpool and Birmingham. Dr William Penny Brookes tried to persuade the king of Greece to stage a modern Olympics but failed. Where Brookes failed another man succeeded by the name of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, he had a great interest in education and sport. He attended the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1889, he enjoyed the literary and artistic competitions, and this inspired his own version of the Olympics. ...read more.


The prize of the laurel from ancient Olympic tradition survived. Although people do say that de Coubertin took all the credit of earlier pioneers work such as Robert Dover and Dr William Penny Brookes. They only scratched the surface on the topic but de Coubertin did a lot of in depth work into the project. He travelled all over the world to gather all the best ideas from all the countries and pieced them together with great precision. He did have an exterior motive that was to improve the French youngsters, and he has done that because French now have one of the best athletic teams with a lot of rising stars. In my view that should all b over looked because what the Olympics have provided to the world is immense. It has been able put forward political, racial and moral views, which wouldn't have always been touched if it weren't for the Olympics. So de Coubertin deserves all the recognition that goes his way because he hasn't just re born an event it is away of life for many people. Dean Barber ...read more.

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