This Olympic Boxing
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was the venue for the boxing competition. There are twelve events which are only open to men as follows: Light flyweight (48kg), Flyweight (51kg), Bantamweight (54kg), Featherweight (57kg), Lightweight (60kg), Light welterweight (64kg), Welterweight (67kg), Light middleweight (71kg), Middleweight (75kg), Light heavyweight (81kg), Heavyweight (91kg), Super heavyweight (91kg). It is an amateur competition, so no big names that we associate from the boxing world can compete. Cuba won four Gold medals in the bantamweight, lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight categories. The coveted super heavyweight Gold went to Audley Harrison of Great Britain (Wikipedia, 2013) .
The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism. They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010) . In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport,catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.
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