Have you ever wondered what the five rings that symbolize the Olympic Games mean and what their colors mean? Here are the answers to the most important questions you have about the universal sign.
The interlocking rings of the Olympic Games are a symbol almost as old as the Games themselves.
The Olympic rings symbol was originally created in 1913 by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, when he drew the colored rings at the top of a letter, according to the International Olympic Committee. The first edition of the Olympic Games took place in 1896.
What is the significance of the Olympic rings?
The five rings represented the parts of the world – Africa, Asia, Australia, America and Europe.
Traditionally, they appear in five different colors on a white background (although they can also be displayed individually or as a single color). The colors of the Olympic rings, from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green and red.
Each of the Olympic rings is equal in size. In formation, they are interwoven with each other, with three rings at the top and two at the bottom. The link between the rings was designed to embody a unified world. They represent not only the unification of continents, but also the meeting of athletes from all over the world at the Olympic Games.
They also signify a bond created by the common goals of Olympism, which are highlighted in the Olympic Charter.
The three fundamental values
The three core values of Olympism are excellence, friendship and respect. Olympism promotes fitness of mind and body, teamwork and concern for humanity.
He proclaims the right of all kinds of people to participate in the Games and live without discrimination.
Olympic activities are designed to promote sport, culture and education with the aim of building a better world, it says Today.
What color represents each continent in the Olympic rings?
Many people mistakenly believe that the colors of the Olympic rings actually represent individual continents, but Coubertin’s idea was that when combined, the six colors in the Olympic rings (including the white background) would represent all the national flags of countries that participated in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, and finally to “reproduce those of all nations without exception”.
Since 1912, many more countries have joined the Games, and more than a century later, the Olympic rings remain a powerful symbol of the Olympic Games.