What are some little-known facts about the Olympics
There were many incidents happen in each and every Olympic game and few people known about the same which shake and stirred the word of Olympics.
- In 1936 Berlin Olympic games German chancellor Adolph Hitler’s decision not to shake hands with USA’s long jump medal winner Jesse Owens has been widely interpreted as a snub of an African-American.
- In 1956 Melbourne Olympics seven countries boycotted the games for three different reasons. Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon announced that they won’t participate in response to the , The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland withdrew to protest the , people’s Republic of China also chose to boycott the event, protesting the Republic of China (Taiwan) being allowed to compete (‘under the name Formosa’).
- In 1972 Munich Olympics, The Munich massacre occurred during the Munich games, in west Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorist group . Eleven athletes, coaches and judges were murdered by the terrorists.
- In 1976 Montreal Games, In protest against the New Zealand national rugby union team’s 1976 tour of South Africa (controversial due to regime’s apartheid policies), Tanzania led a boycott of 22 African nations after the International Olympic Committee refused to bar New Zealand.
- In 1980 Moscow Olympic US president jimmy carter issued a boycott of the games. The boycott was one part of a number of actions initiated by the United States to protest the . Many nations refused to participate in the Games and around 62 eligible countries failed to participate.
- In 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, The Soviet Union and other countries would later boycott the games, the boycott involved 14 Eastern Bloc countries and allies, led by the Soviet Union, which initiated the boycott on May 8, 1984. The boycott affected a large number of Olympic events that were normally dominated by the absent countries. Boycotting countries organized another major event, called the Friendship Games, in July and August 1984.
- In 1988 Seoul Olympics Canadian sprinter Johnson was stripped of his gold medal for the 100 metres when he tested positive for standalone after the events Also, in a highly controversial 3–2 judge decision , South Korean boxer Park Si-Hun defeated American Roy Jones Jr. despite Jones pummelling Park for three rounds. Allegedly, Park himself apologized to Jones afterwards.
- In 2000 Sydney Olympics, Romania Andrea Reducan became the first gymnast to be stripped of a medal after testing positive for Pseudoephedrine, a prohibited substance.
- In 2012 London Olympics, The Indian Olympics Committee lodged the protest against the judges’ decision in the match between Indian Boxer Sumit Sangwan and Brazilian Yamaguchi Falco. Judge awarded 15–14 in favour of the Brazilian. Television commentator surprised by the verdict called it “daylight robbery”.