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The Washington Post (USA)

February 11, 2006

First modern Olympic Games held in a stadium in 1870.

I noticed a historical error in Paul Farhi's article. Baron Pierre de Coubertin did not found the modern Olympic Games. However, he did found the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

A Greek billionaire philanthropist, Evangelis Zappas, sponsored the first modern Olympic Games in 1859. The Games took place in an Athens city square.

Zappas paid for the refurbishment of the ancient Panathenian stadium, and the first modern Olympic Games to be held in a stadium took place there in 1870. Olympic Games were also held there in 1875, 1896, 1906 and 2004 [Archery and the Marathon finish were held there in 2004].

Yours faithfully,
Zappas.org

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Recommended reading by Zappas.org:

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The Modern Olympics: A Struggle for Revival

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The Johns Hopkins University Press

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A Brief History of the Olympics

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David. C Young

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Blackwell Publishing

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