Summer Olympics Competitions Fast Facts

A competitor practices during training for the whitewater canoe event prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics on August 2, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(CNN)Here's some background information about the Summer Olympics, which is held every four years.

The 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo in 2021. The Games are delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2016, the games were held August 5-21, in Rio de Janeiro.
    Paris is slated to be the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Summer Olympics Facts and History

    The first revival of the Olympics was held in Athens, Greece, from April 6, 1896, to April 15, 1896.
    The first modern Summer Olympics champion was James Connolly (USA), who won the triple jump event.
    Fourteen nations and 241 athletes (all men) competed in 43 events at the first modern Summer Olympics.
    The Olympic Flame was first lit during the opening ceremony of the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
    The ancient Games were held between, at least, 776 BC and 393 AD.

    Aquatics

    1896 - Swimming is part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens. The first events are freestyle and breaststroke.
    1900 - Men's water polo is added to the Olympic Games in Paris. Backstroke is added to the swimming events.
    1904 - Diving is added to the Olympics in St. Louis.
    1912 - Women's swimming and diving are added to the Olympics in Stockholm.
    1984 - Individual and duet synchronized swimming are added to the Olympics in Los Angeles.
    1996 - Synchronized swimming is changed to team competition. Each team has eight members.
    2000 - Synchronized diving and women's water polo are added to the Olympics in Sydney. Synchronized swimming is altered again to include both team and duet competition.
    2008 - A 10km swimming race, in open water rather than a pool, debuts at the Olympics. Both men and women compete.

    Archery

    1900 - Archery is added to the Olympic Games in Paris.
    1912 - Archery is excluded from the Olympics in Stockholm.
    1920 - The last time archery appears in the Olympics until 1972.
    1972 - Archery is added back into the Olympic competition in Munich, Germany.
    1988 - Team archery is added to the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
    1992 - The Olympic Round archery format is established at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

    Athletics (Track & Field)

    776 BC - Athletics are part of the first ancient Olympic Games in Greece.
    1896 - Athletics are part of the first modern Olympics in Athens. Competitions included are 100m, 1,500m, 110m hurdles, Marathon, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, discus, shot put and high jump.
    1924 - Women's athletics events are added to the Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Competitions included are 100m, 800m, 4 x 100m, high jump and discus.
    1984 - Women's marathon is added to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
    2008 - The women's 3000m steeplechase debuts as an Olympic event.

    Badminton

    1972 - Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Olympics in Munich.
    1992 - Badminton is officially added to the Olympics in Barcelona.

    Baseball

    1992 - Baseball is added to the Olympics in Barcelona.
    2012 - Baseball is dropped from the Olympics in London.
    2021 - Baseball and softball return for the Tokyo Games.

    Basketball

    1904 - Basketball is an exhibition event at the Olympics in St. Louis.
    1936 - Men's basketball is added to the Olympics in Berlin.
    1976 - Women's basketball is added to the Olympics in Montreal.
    1992 - Participation rules are changed to allow professional basketball players to participate on the Olympic teams.

    Beach Volleyball

    1996 - Men's and women's beach volleyball is added to the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    Boxing

    688 BC - Boxing is added to the ancient Olympic Games.
    1896 - A committee decides that boxing is too dangerous for the modern Olympic Games.
    1904 - Boxing is added to the Olympic Games in St. Louis.
    1912 - Boxing is eliminated from the Olympics in Stockholm due to a law banning boxing in Sweden.
    1920 - Boxing is added again to the Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
    2012 - Women's boxing makes its debut at the London Olympics.

    Canoeing

    1924 - Canoe/kayak flatwater racing is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Paris.
    1936 - Men's canoe/kayak flatwater racing is added to the Olympics in Berlin.
    1948 - Women's canoe/kayak flatwater racing is added to the Olympics in London.
    1972 - Canoe/kayak slalom racing is added to the Olympics in Munich.
    1992 - Canoe/kayak slalom racing is a competition in the Olympics in Barcelona for the first time since 1972.

    Cycling

    1896 - Cycling is part of the first modern Olympics in Athens. The two events are road race and track cycling.
    1996 - Mountain bike racing debuts at the Atlanta Olympics.
    2008 - Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) debuts as an Olympic event, for both men and women.

    Equestrian

    1900 - Jumping is added to the Olympic game in Paris.
    1912 - Dressage and Eventing are added to jumping as the three areas of equestrian events at the Olympics in Stockholm.
    1952 - Participation rules are changed to allow non-cavalry officers to compete in the Olympics.

    Fencing

    1896 - Fencing is part of the first modern Olympics in Athens.

    Football (Soccer)

    1896 - Football is an exhibition event at the first modern Olympics in Athens.
    1908 - Football is added to the Olympic Games in London.
    1984 - Participation rules are changed to allow professional football players to participate on the Olympic teams.

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