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First modern Olympic Games April 6, 1896

he Olympic Games restarted in Athens, 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I ofGreece and a crowd or 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from13 nations to the international competition.

The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 BC, but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old even at that time. •