The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  July - September 2012           



 July - September '12


Editor's Note


 Cover Story
 Indian Athletes @
 London 2012



 Back in Time
 1908 London Games

 India - Olympic Wins

 London 2012
 London's 3rd Games

 The Olympic Park

 Other Olympic Venues

 In & Around London

 Statewise athletes
 from India

 South Asia
 South Asian nations @ Olympics

 Olympic Events
 Team India Calendar














   about us              back-issues           contact us         search             data bank


  craft shop

print gallery

The First London Olympics – 1908

Back in Time

It was exactly 104 years ago that London held the Olympic Games for the first time. The 1908 Games were officially opened on 27 April by HRH King Edward VII and stretched over a period of six months. When the Games closed on 31 October, Great Britain topped the medal table with 145 medals.

The 1908 Games were also the first truly global Olympics – 2,000 athletes representing 22 nations. But there was scant pomp and ceremony; no torch relay; and no elaborate podium celebrations. There was no digital technology - events and results were announced by the City Toastmaster using a 2 feet long megaphone. The Games brochure carried a couple of ads, one of which was that of Pear’s Soap. The cost at the time was £20,000 – not even a fraction of the likely cost of £20 billion for the 2012 Games.

The first modern-day Olympics were held in Athens in 1896, followed by the Paris Olympics of 1900 and the St Louis games of 1904. The 1908 Olympics were to be held in Rome but Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906 and London came to the rescue of the Italians. A brand new 70,000-seat stadium was built at Shepherd's Bush, West London, which became known as White City.


Read the entire article in the print edition of The South Asian Life & Times



Copyright © 2000 - 2012 []. Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.