Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Olympic Games are Festival of Sports with its Origins Some 2,800 Years Ago
The Olympic Games are an international celebration of sport held once every four years. The ultimate aim of the Games is the promotion of education through sport and a better and more peaceful world. The Olympic Games are divided into Summer and Winter editions.
In 2012, the Games of the XXX Olympiad were held in London and were widely hailed as a great success. Athletes from 204 countries and regions competed in 302 events in 26 different sports.
The Paralympic Games – the Parallel Olympics
The Paralympics are a parallel edition of the Olympic Games for athletes with an impairment. The Paralympic Games are also held once every four years and take place in the same city shortly after each edition of the Olympic Games. The 14th edition of the Paralympic Games was held in London in 2012 featuring competitions in 20 sports, and attracting a record number of approx. 4,300 para-athletes from 164 countries and regions.
The Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games (officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad) took place at the National Stadium on 10 October 1964.
The Games featured a total of 5,133 athletes from 93 countries and territories competing in 163 events drawn from 20 sports. The 1964 Games were the first ever Olympics held in Asia, and were a resounding success.