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History of Modern Olympics - 1912

The 1912 Olympic Games were held in Stockholm, Sweden, and were officially known as Games of the V Olympiad. It was for the first time that the participants came from all five continents and were symbolized in the Olympic rings. Art competitions were added to the event by the Olympic Movement's founder, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, with a view to add aesthetic touch to the well-organised 1912 Games. The categories were architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. These contests continued being a part of the Olympic Games till 1948, after which they were discontinued, as the competitors were professionals and did not agree with the prime requirement for qualification in Olympics, which was that the competitors had to be amateurs. Women competed for the first time in the swimming events, with the British 4x100 relay team winning gold. The Swedish innovators introduced a number of innovations in the 1912 Games. One of them was the use of unofficial electronic timing devices, capable of recording results to the tenth of a second for track and swimming events. Another first was the use of public address systems to make timely announcements, which helped organise athletes and allowed the crowds to follow events. The Swedish authorities ensured that the boxing event did not take place on their country's soil, citing moral reasons. Subsequently, the IOC decided to limit the influencing power of the future Olympic Games hosting nations.


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