The Summer Olympics puts London on Center Stage

The heavily anticipated Summer Olympics Games 2012 are approaching and are going to be held in London starting on July 27th running up to August 12th.  This is an auspicious time where more than 200 countries are represented by their best athletes for the whole world to see and cheer for.  The International Olympic Committee, founded in 1894, makes the important decision where the games will be held as well as raises funding, and decides what sports will be on display.  What has evolved is a spectacular showcase that consists of elaborate opening and closing ceremonies, and the famous carrying of the Olympic flag and torch.

It is the third time London will act as the host of the Olympic Games and will have a competition of twenty-six sports.  They include archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, canoe sprint, cycling/BMX, cycling/mountain bike, cycling/road, cycling/track, diving, equestrian/dressage, equestrian/eventing, equestrian/jumping, fencing, soccer, gymnastics/artistic, gymnastics/rhythmic, gymnastics/trampoline, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wresting.  Hosting the Olympics allows England to show the world its rich culture and heritage.  The nation plans to hold a Cultural Olympiad that exhibits art, film, literature, museums, music, the outdoors and theatre.Whoever hold the games is lucky because it boosts the economy, renovates the major cities and the whole world gets the chance to see the beauty of the nation’s culture.  In this case, London is the lucky recipient of the improvements and offers the enlightenment.

The games have evolved over the years into a staple hold of diplomacy.  Countries that have strained relations with each other are forced to put aside their differences for the greater good of humanity.  The Olympics are a joyous time in the year where people can appreciate different cultures and enjoy festivities either in person or by watching them unfold on television.  For the athletes that achieve the ultimate success, there is no better feeling than having the chance to stand up on that podium in first place draped in your countries colors and listening to your national anthem being played.

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