08.08.08 A Day To Remember, Beijing Olympic
08-08-08 is a nice number and date. Perhaps a lot people out there queuing up to buy ToTo or 4D just to get the “8080” number or “8888”, in Chinese it’s believed that 8 is “Fatt”, meaning prosperity. A lot pepple choose today to register, opening of new company, etc…
Today it will be a historical moment. Olympic Opening Ceremony @ 080808 Beijing, China. It’s a very grand ceremony and it’s directed by director of Zhang Yimou (张艺谋). Must watch! Tv1 and Astro is broadcasting live. Not sure there’s live streaming broadcast over the Internet or not.
We have high hope for the Gold Medal in Badminton! Malaysia Boleh. Hope our Lee Chong Wei, Wong Meow Choo, Chong Tan Fook / Lee Wan Wah, Koo Kien Keat / Tan Boon Heong will make Malaysia proud.
The Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event. The Modern Olympic Games were inaugurated in Athens in 1896, and are held at the beginning of every Olympiad. The Games were organized as a summer sports event through 1920. In 1924 the winter games began in Chamonix, France. Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, the summer games are held during the first year of an Olympiad, the winter games during the third year.
The original Olympic Games (Greek: Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες; [Olympiakoi Agones] (help·info)) were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were celebrated until AD 393. Interest in reviving the Olympic Games proper was first shown by the Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem “Dialogue of the Dead” in 1833. Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He paid for the refurbishment of the Panathinaiko Stadium for Games held there in 1870 and 1875. This was noted in newspapers and publications around the world including the London Review, which stated that “the Olympian Games, discontinued for centuries, have recently been revived! Here is strange news indeed … the classical games of antiquity were revived near Athens”.
The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 on the initiative of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The IOC has become the heart of the “Olympic Movement”, a conglomeration of organizations that are involved in the organization of the Games. As the Olympic Movement has grown so has the profile and complexity of the Games. Pariticipation in the Games has increased to the point that nearly every nation on earth is represented. With the proliferation of satellite communications, the internet, and the continuing trend towards globalization, the Olympics are consistently gaining supporters. This growth has created numerous challenges never before envisioned by Baron de Coubertin. Some of these difficulties include political boycotts, the use of performance enhancing medications, bribery of officials, and terrorism.
The most recent Summer Olympics were the 2004 Games in Athens and the most recent Winter Olympics were the 2006 Games in Turin . The upcoming games in Beijing are planned to comprise 302 events in 28 sports. As of 2006, the Winter Olympics were competed in 84 events in 7 sports.
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