What are the rules of the Olympics?

Last Modified Aug 04, 2021 20:28 IST

The Tokyo 2021 Olympics, which were to be held in 2020 originally, are now only a few days away. In the build-up to the much-awaited event, let’s take a look at some of its rules you may not be aware of.

What are the rules of the Olympics?

There are several rules of the Olympics that have been adopted by the International Olympic Committee. Here are the main ones:

Venue – The National Olympic Committee is the only body that has the right to finalise the host country.

Qualification scenario – Each athlete participating in the Olympics has to comply with all the rules mentioned in the Olympic Charter and World Anti-Doping Agency. Any athlete who has consumed drugs or artificial stimulants cannot participate in the event. Although there is no age-related restriction in the Olympics, it can be noted that the governing bodies of some sports have age limits.

Discrimination - Athletes have equal rights in the event without any discrimination based on caste, gender, colour, physical disability or nationality.

Personal agenda - Any sort of political or religious propaganda is strictly prohibited during the event. Athletes should not spread any messages that are political or religious. The Olympics focus only on the sports and the universal togetherness they bring.

Basic expenses - Athletes are to be provided with traveling and training expenses for not more than three weeks, and also during the Olympic Games.

Cheating - Any kind of cheating – including competition manipulation – is strictly prohibited.

What are the drug rules for the Olympics?

Performance-enhancing drugs are not allowed in the Olympics. Only athletes who are unwell and require medication can be allowed to take drugs, but on three conditions. First, the drug will be administered if only the athlete’s health will deteriorate significantly without it. Second, the drug should not increase the athlete’s performance and should only help in improving his/her health. And third, the drug will be allowed if only no other alternative for improving the health is available.

Some of the many banned substances in the Olympics are anabolic agents, beta 2-agonists, hormone and metabolic modulators, diuretics and masking agents.

What are the 7 values of the Olympic Games?

Friendship, equality, excellence, courage, respect, determination and inspiration are the seven values of the Olympic Games. These values are the foundation on which the Olympics runs its games.


What were the rules of the ancient Olympics?

The ancient Olympics had a lot of rules, some of which are no longer followed.

· Women were not allowed to participate in the Olympics.

· Only men who could speak Greek were allowed to participate.

· On breaking any Olympic rules, the athlete would be fined money which would be used to build statues of Zeus.

· If married women watched the Olympics, they would be thrown off Mountain Typaion.

What are the 3 different types of Olympics?

The three different types of Olympics are the summer games, winter games, and Paralympic Games. Each of these are held once every four years, alternating between the Winter and Summer Olympics every two years.

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