It has been a very long time coming — round 3,000 years by some reckoning. However Athens lastly has a museum to rejoice that the majority well-known of Greek sporting achievements.
The Olympic Video games hint their origins to Greek athletic contests so historic their historical past is misplaced in fable. The nation has been on the coronary heart of their revival too: Athens hosted the primary video games of the fashionable period in 1896, and held them once more in 2004.
Guests to the newly opened Olympic museum within the Greek capital — housed within the renovated TV centre for the 2004 occasion — can take within the mixture of fable and fashionable magic.
Opened in time for the pandemic-blighted Tokyo Video games, the museum blends shows from the traditional world with extra fashionable memorabilia — with many objects donated by the nation’s main sportspeople, together with historic items charting the motion’s fashionable basis.
A part of the Olympic museum community in almost 30 nations, it opened on Might 14 after a number of postponements because of the coronavirus.
Alongside video screens and wall-to-wall shows on the historical past of the traditional and fashionable Video games, the museum showcases all the torches used within the flame relay, beginning with the one utilized in Berlin in 1936.
Amongst a number of Greek Olympic and Paralympic athletes who donated private objects to the museum is former Olympic crusing champion Sofia Bekatorou — who launched Greece’s #MeToo motion this yr with a harrowing story of intercourse abuse, allegedly by the hands of a crusing federation official.
“We have been ready for a number of years for this risk,” the double Olympic medallist, who provided one among her sails, instructed AFP.