for the founders of the Modern Olympic Games
July 10, 2005
STEVEN Downes' article (Ultimate city slicker, July 3) contains a common historical error. Baron Pierre de Coubertin did not found the modern Olympic Games.
He did found the International Olympic Committee in 1894, but had not been born when the first modern Olympics took place in 1859 in a square in Athens.
Financed by Greek philanthropist, Evangelis Zappas, the first modern Games to be held in a stadium were at the Panathenian stadium, Athens, in 1870, and another gathering took place in 1875.
He also paid for the refurbishment of the ancient Panathenian stadium and the building of the first indoor Olympic arena, the Zappeion.
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