Hosting the Olympic Games: Benefits for the Host Country (Part 1)

The Olympic Games is one of the most spectacular and prestigious sports events, attracting billions of audiences globally. Every four years the world’s to athletes, compete in different sports hoping to win the highest distinction in their career; an Olympic medal under the nation’s flag in the Olympic stadium.

Every four years, a country is chosen by the IOC to organize the Games. Each host country of the Games gains many benefits from the organization such as improve its overall position and performance. 

Few Introductory Words for Olympic Games

The idea of the modern Olympic Games was created in 1894 by the French educator and historian Pierre de Coubertin who also established the International Olympic Committee – IOC. The first modern Olympic Games were organized in 1896 in Athens, Greece, with 241 athletes from 14 countries participated. In which, the host country – Greece, came second place on overall performance, after the United States.

Until 2016, when the lasted Olympic Games were organized at Rio, Brazil, there were a total of 31 Olympic Games organized by a total of 19 different countries (some nations have hosted the Games more than one time, including the United States of America hosted in 1904, 1932, 1984, 1996 and France hosted in 1900, 1924 and will also host the upcoming 2024 Games.

The host of the Olympic Games is selected by the IOC and its committee. Many countries compete for the opportunity to host the event; as the Games have evolved and changed dramatically through the years to be the world’s most prestigious sports event with many social, economic and cultural benefits for the host nation.

Apart from the above mentioned advantages, hosting the Games also has an impact on the host country’s performance and ranking in comparison to the rest Olympic Games it has participated at.