• Short Summary

    THE 1964 OLYMPIC GAMES START TOMORROW (SATURDAY WHEN THE OLYMPIC FLAME , KINDLED ON MOUNT OLYMPUS, WILL BE LIT IN THE MAIN STADIUM AT TOKYO.

  • Description

    THE 1964 OLYMPIC GAMES START TOMORROW (SATURDAY WHEN THE OLYMPIC FLAME , KINDLED ON MOUNT OLYMPUS, WILL BE LIT IN THE MAIN STADIUM AT TOKYO. THE SIMPLE, BUT MOVING CEREMONY, HAS BEHIND IT A TRADITION DATING BACK -- ALTHOUGH NOT CONTINUOUSLY -- TWENTY SEVEN CENTURIES.

    ACCORDING TO TRADITION AND HISTORICAL RECORDS: THE GAMES DATE FROM 776 B.C., AND TO THE GREEK SPEAKING PEOPLE WERE A TRIBUTE TO THE GODS ON HIGH OLYMPUS, NEARBY. AT FIRST, THE GAMES WERE RESTRICTED TO ONE DAY WITH A SINGLE RACE -- CONTESTANTS RUNNING TO FULL LENGTH OF THE STADIUM.

    AS THE CIVILIZATION OF ANCIENT GREECE EVOLVED, SO DID THE GAMES. ADDITIONAL RACES, THE JAVELIN THROW, THE PENTATHLON, THE DISCUS AND CHARIOT RACES WERE ADDED TO THE FESTIVAL WHICH, IN ITS FINAL FORM, LASTED ONE WEEK. IT WAS PRIMARILY A RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL DURING WHICH THE VARIOUS CITY STATES OF GREECE CALLED A TRUCE DURING THEIR LENGTHY AND FREQUENT WARS.

    THE ANCIENT GAMES WERE FINALLY STOPPED BY THE ROMAN EMPEROR THEODOSIUS IN THE YEAR 394 A.D., WHEN GREECE LOST ITS INDEPENDENCE FINALLY TO THE POWER OF IMPERIAL ROME.

    FOR MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND YEARS THE GAMES HAD BEEN HELD AT FOUR-YEARLY INTERVALS -- AND FEW ENTERPRISES CREATED BY MAN HAVE LASTED SO LONG.

    IT WAS THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF A FRENCHMAN, THE BARON PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, A SPORTSMAN, EDUCATOR AND SCHOLAR, THAT THE GAMES, IN THEIR MODERN FROM, WERE REVIVED. THE FIRST MODERN OLYMPIAD WAS STAGED IN ATHENS IN 1896, WITH THE AIM THAT NOTHING BUT GOOD COULD COME FROM ATHLETIC CONTESTS STAGED BETWEEN NATIONS ON A BASIS ON FRIENDSHIP AND RIVALRY UNTAINTED BY NATIONAL, RACIAL OR POLITICAL ISSUES.

    SINCE THEN, AND APART FROM THE DIVERSIONS OF WAR, THE MODERN OLYMPIADS, HAVE BEEN STAGED EVERY FOUR YEARS -- IN EUROPE, IN THE AMERICAS AND NOW IN ASIA.

    TOMORROW, THE OLYMPIC FLAME, KINDLED FROM THE RAYS OF THE SUN BY DESCENDANTS OF THE ANCIENT VESTAL VIRGINS ON THE SLOPES OF MOUNT OLYMPUS, WILL DECLARE TO THE WORLD THAT ANOTHER OLYMPIA HAS BEGUN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3SMKX833S1TC8ZERG122PFUOG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SMKX833S1TC8ZERG122PFUOG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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