Mexico City, 1968 was the first games to use a synthetic track. Before that, cinder tracks were used. The first few Modern Olympics saw their Track and Field events run on the grass.
Times were tough for Paris in 1900 and they didn’t want to spend much on their Olympics. They held the Track and Field events in the Bois (woods) de Boulogne on an area of grass because they didn’t want to build a cinder track! They refused to cut trees down and both javelins and discuss were hitting and getting stuck in them. They used the River Seine for the swimming events and when the current was running fast, world records tumbled!
Mexico City was the first games to use a synthetic track. Before that, cinder tracks were used. The first few Modern Olympics saw their Track and Field events run on the grass.
The 1976 Montreal Games were marred by the boycott of mostly African countries because of the IOC’s refusal to ban New Zealand. The reason the countries wanted the ban was that the New Zealand’s Rugby Union team, The All Blacks continued to play against South Africa, a country banned by the IOC because of its Apartheid regime. In total, 28 countries felt forced into boycotting the games.
The ancient Olympics ran from 776 BC until 393 AD, that’s 1169 years! The modern Olympics have been going for just over 100 years!