(CNN)Here's some background information about the Summer Olympics, which is held every four years. The 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo. Paris is slated to be the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games. The 2028 Olympic Games will be held in Los Angeles, marking the first time since 1996 the competition is taking place in the United States. In 2016, the Games were held August 5-21, in Rio de Janeiro. Read More Summer Olympics:The first revival of the Olympics was held in Athens, Greece from April 6, 1896 to April 15, 1896. The first modern Olympic champion was James Connolly (USA), who won the triple jump event. Fourteen nations and 241 athletes (all men) competed in 43 events at the first modern Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame was first lit during the opening ceremony of the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Aquatics:1896 - Swimming is part of the first modern Olympic games in Athens. The first events are freestyle and breaststroke.1900 - Men's water polo is added … [Read more...] about Summer Olympics Competitions Fast Facts
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Rio 2016 gold medal winner Sarah Sjöström from Sweden is in Malta till tomorrow as an ambassador for the Bettson Group. Apart from having won the Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Sarah Sjostrom is a multi-medal world champion and holder of no fewer than 6 world records. Speaking to her yesterday at the ASA offices, she said she had started competitive swimming at age nine. "That is when I started feeling a big love for the sport, especially when I started clocking good times. Overall, I think I had a very good 2017. Personally, I think it was my best ever year in swimming," she said. Asked what her most cherished medal was, she immediately pointed out that it was the Olympic medal. "It was my third Olympics and I was proud I was a winner," she added. She went on to say that she has been inspired to success by several top performers in the sport. In Sweden, despite the cold, swimming is more popular than waterpolo and there are a lot of world class swimmers. But one … [Read more...] about Rio 2016 gold medal winner Sarah Sjöström in Malta
Tom Daley's bid for a third successive Commonwealth Games 10 metres platform title is over after he announced his withdrawal from the individual event due to a hip injury. The 23-year-old, who responded from the disappointment of missing the 2016 Olympic final by winning the world title in Budapest last summer, won Commonwealth gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. Daley still intends to compete in the men's 10m synchronised event with Dan Goodfellow, alongside whom he won Olympic bronze at Rio 2016. 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: in pictures 10 show all 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: in pictures 1/10 Fireworks explode off of the Carrara Stadium during the ceremony. Getty Images 2/10 A traditional smoking ceremony is performed. EPA 3/10 Alistair Brownlee leads England out at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Getty 4/10 Australian athletes walk around the stadium during the ceremony. Getty Images 5/10 A figure in the shape of a … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games 2018: Tom Daley forced to withdraw from individual event with hip injury
HAZEL Irvine is part of the BBC team for the Commonwealth Games, and has been a sports broadcaster for over 30 years. But, what else do we know about the secretive star... and how old is she? All about Hazel Irvine Hazel was born in Scotland on 24 May 1965 - that makes her 52. She began her broadcasting career in radio, but ended up in TV in 1988 when she began working for Scottish Television in 1988 as a continuity announcer. She later become a sports reporter/presenter. In 1997, she became the youngest-ever presenter of Grandstand aged 32. Hazel has said: "I started off working for Radio Clyde. I did all sorts of general production for them for 10 or 11 months. Part of the remit was doing all the technical side for the football matches." Is she married? Hazel married her long term partner at a private ceremony in Scotland in 2008. The couple live in London with their daughter. However, Hazel is known to keep her private life private - and not even her colleagues knew about her … [Read more...] about How old is Hazel Irvine, is the BBC Commonwealth Games 2018 presenter married, and what TV shows has she presented?
A four-year target of raising £11 billion worth of economic benefit from the London Olympics has been met in 12 months, the Government has announced. The country has benefited from new foreign investment, additional sales and firms winning contracts since last summer's events, according to a report. The total includes £130 million of contracts won by UK companies for next year's soccer World Cup in Brazil, and the next Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016. Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said: "The delivery of London 2012 on time and on budget led to hosting nations turning to the UK to help deliver their own events with supply opportunities running into the billions. "UK Trade & Investment has played a key role in helping British companies maximise these opportunities and the result is a £11.06 billion boost to the UK economy from the Games, reaching our four-year target in just over a year." Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Maria Miller said: … [Read more...] about £11bn Olympics benefit target met