Gives a brief history of the Games from their ancient origins in Greece to their revival in 1896. Surveys some of the triumphs enjoyed and difficulties encountered by the Olympic Movement over time. Gives some of the highlights of Olympiads held from 1896 to 1984, including details of those athletes who won more than one gold medal each in any one of these early modern Olympiads. Taking 1988 as a starting point, gives a detailed account of several important aspects of the Olympic Games. Each of the twenty-eight Olympic sports from "Aquatics" to "Wrestling" is described with definitions of some of the special terms used and explanations of the rules that govern these sports, together with their associated disciplines. Gives, for every single Olympic sport, the names of gold medal winners at these Games, and information about the country they represented.
VERNER BICKLEY is the author of more than twenty textbooks and articles on international education, language and culture. He has held senior positions in Singapore, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, the USA, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, serving the Singapore Government, the British Council, the East-West Centre's Culture Learning Institute, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and the Hong Kong Government. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow Centre of Asian Studies, the University of Hong Kong and Chairman of the English-Speaking Union, Hong Kong.