The Olympic Summer Games are usually held once every four years as a major international sports multi-event. The first games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896, and most recently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. The upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23 to August 8, 2021. They were originally scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed.

The Olympics have become larger over time. Women have not been allowed in the past, but women's events are currently held. For the ice and snow sport, the Winter Games were formed. For athletes with physical impairments, the Paralympic Games have been developed. In addition, the Olympics were increased when young athletes were added to the Youth Olympic Games. 1916, 1940, and 1944 Games were canceled during the First World War and the Second World War.

The International Olympic Committee as the decision-making authority is responsible for selecting a host city for each Olympic Games. The IOC also chooses which sports are played in these games. Baron Pierre de Coubertin is the originator of the modern Olympics. The Games feature several symbols and rituals such as the Olympic flag with the Olympic rings and the torch, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the first, second, and third finishers in each event.

What do the Olympic rings represent?

The Olympic Rings are seen in the Men's 100m Semi-Final at Rio 2016. (Getty)

The Olympic rings reflect the activities of the Olympic movement and the unification of five continents and athletes from across the world at the international event. There are five continents: America - including North and South, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. It has been accepted as a sign for the Olympic Games in general.

The Rings were founded in 1913 by the French historian and founder of the IOC, Pierre de Coubertin. The distinctive design and flag were adopted in 1914, but it wasn't until 1920 Antwerp Games had officially debuted, because the Berlin tournament in Germany in 1916 had been postponed as a result of the First World War.

The five Olympic rings' colors are blue, yellow, black, green, and red from left to right. Contrary to common opinion, the Olympic five colors don't match the continents precisely. Instead, the five colors (alongside white, which is the background color of the Olympic flag) were specifically picked for at least one of them appeared on the national flag of each participating country at the time Coubertin created the design.