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INTRODUCTION - The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate. The Games are currently held every two years, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games .
History of these Olympic games goes back to The Greeks who invented athletic contests and held them in honor of their gods. Women were not allowed to watch the games and only Greek nationals could participate.There were different types of games in Olympia such as races ( include horse-racing), wrestling(whereby the aim was to throw the opponent to the ground three times, on either his hip, back or shoulder) , boxing and the pancratium,
Problems faced by Olympic Games
The Olympics have seen both its good and bad days during its journey from early B.C. to this day. Some   major issues, which caused problems, were political involvement, doping, boycotting and violence.

The most famous political involvement was by the German Nazis, in the 1936 Berlin's Summer Olympics. They used it as a platform to spread their ideas. Until the 1952 Helsinki's Summer Olympics, The Soviet Union didn't participate in the Olympics and had conducted international games event of their own named Spartakiads, since 1928.

Performance enhancing drugs and doping are other major threats to the smooth running of the Olympic games. It was at the start of the twentieth century that the Olympics participants started using drugs to better their performance. The first recorded incident was that of Thomas J. Hicks who was given brandy and strychnine during the race, which helped him to get the winning position of the marathon, in the year 1904. When the drug abuse began to rise to a considerable level, a ban was levied in the mid 1960s. After that IOC, too, implemented the ban in 1967.

Drugs abuse by athletes took...

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