Why were the Olympic Games important in ancient Greece?
Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which get underway next month, we look back in time at the importance of the games in ancient Greece.
With the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games being overshadowed and condition to a point by the covid-19 pandemic, the local organizing committee are investing considerable time and effort in ensuring the 'safest' games possible.
Japan's government will include a pledge to achieve a "safe and secure" Tokyo Olympic Games in its economic blueprint due out on Friday (18 June).
An earlier draft blueprint only called for making the Olympics leave "various legacies" behind, while the final version appeared to stress the government's resolve to go ahead with the games.
The final draft came days after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he had won support at a G7 summit meeting in Britain for holding the Olympics despite public concern that the sports extravaganza could worsen the spread of coronavirus infections.
"(We) will hold the safe and secure games while creating various legacies," the draft said.
The current epidemiological shadow currently tainting the Tokyo Olympics which have already suffered a year delay due to the pandemic is a long way from the origin of the original Olympic Games which originated in ancient Greece.