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Olympic Games
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Organization and Conception

1. Since the first Olympic Games of modern times, which were held in Athens in 1896, the Olympic Summer Games, and since 1924, the Winter Games (Chamonix) are held every four years. Only three times (1916, 1940, 1944) have the Games been cancelled. The organizer of the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with headquarters in Lausanne (founded in Pari…

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Lützenkirchen, Hans-Georg, “Olympic Games”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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