Sports in Greece
August 19, 2022
Greece was the seat of the ancient Olympic Games, first recorded in 776 BC, and twice hosted the modern Olympics — the 1896 and 2004 Summer Olympics. During the Parade of Nations at the Olympic Games, Greece always comes first as the country that founded the ancient Olympic Games. It is one of four countries that have competed in every Summer Olympic Games since its inception. In total, they won 110 Olympic medals (30 gold, 42 silver and 38 bronze). In 1896, Greece finished second in the medal table among all national teams, winning 10 gold medals. The Greek Olympic Committee was founded in 1894, and the International Olympic Committee was recognized in 1895, with the first president being a Greek businessman. In recent decades, Greece has become important in many sports, especially in football. The Greek football team won the European Championship in 2004. Many Greek athletes have also achieved significant success and over the years have won world and Olympic titles in a number of sports, such as basketball, wrestling, water polo, athletics, weightlifting, with many of them becoming successful in their respective sports. Basketball gained popularity in Greece after the AEK club won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1968. The national team won the European Championship in 1987 and 2005, and in 2006 Greece reached the final of the World Cup. The successful organization of the 2004 Summer Olympics contributed to the development of many sports and world-class fields throughout Greece, especially in Athens. Greek athletes won a total of 146 medals in 15 different Olympic sports at the Summer Olympics, including the 1906 Olympic Games, an achievement that makes Greece one of the top nations in the world, in the world ranking of medals by capital.