The XXXVIIIth Olympiad will take place between 13
August - 29 August, 2004
Athens, Greece, was awarded the 2004 Olympic Games
on 5 September, 1997 in Lausanne, Switzerland. It
will be the third time Athens has hosted the Olympic
Games. Greece is one of only five countries to have
been in attendance at every Olympic Games since they
began, in Athens, in 1986. The other countries being
Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Australia.
Athens hosted the first of our Modern day Olympic
Games and 108 years later the Games will return to
their birth place.
In the summer of 2004 all eyes will be on Athens Greece
as the city hosts what might possibly become the most
important Olympics ever. The Olympics in Athens may
not be as spectacular as those held in Sydney, Australia.
But they may be better!
The ancient Olympics were rather different from the
modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free
men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes
from any country. Also, the games were always held
at Olympia instead of moving around to different sites
Like our Olympics, though, winning athletes were heroes
who put their home towns on the map. One young Athenian
nobleman defended his political reputation by mentioning
how he entered seven chariots in the Olympic chariot-race.
This high number of entries made both the aristocrat
and Athens look very wealthy and powerful.
ATHENS OLYMPIC TRUCE
On Monday 8 July 2002, during his visit to the island
Greece, to attend an international Symposium, former
United States president William J. Clinton signed
onto the "Statement of World Personalities, in their
Individual Capacities, in Support for the Olympic
Truce." His signature followed that of former South
African President Nelson Mandela on June 19, 2002,
and joins those of over 130 world personalities from
the worlds of politics, religion, and culture. As
far back as September 2000, President Clinton had
sent a letter to Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos
expressing his support to the plea for the respect
of the Olympic Truce during the Syndey 2000 Olympic