|Tradition of burning torch relay-race, where the fire was brought from Olympia to the city of Summer Olympics, was founded in 1936. Since then, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was enriched with a thrilling spectacle of torch lighting on the Olympic stadium from burning torch at start. Running torch carrying sportsmen – is a solemn prologue of games for more than four decades. At June 20, year 1936, in Olympia was ignited the fire, then it was taken over through 3075 kilometer route along roads of Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. And in 1948 the torch made the first sea journey.
In 394 AD the Roman Emperor Theodosius First issued a resolution prohibiting the continuation of the Olympic Games. The emperor became Christian and decided to eliminate the anti-Christian games making pagan gods famous. Olympic Games weren’t conducted through one thousand and five hundreds of years.
With Renaissance époque to be born, and interest to Ancient Greece arts was regained, and mankind remembered the Olympics. In the early 19th century, sports in Europe were widely accepted and there was the desire to organize the Olympics. Some traces left in the history of local sports, organized in Greece in 1859, 1870, 1875 and 1879. Although they gave no tangible practical results in the development of the international Olympic movement, but the impetus for the formation of the Olympics today, owe their revival of the French public figure, teacher, historian, Pierre de Coubertin. Growth of economic and cultural intercommunication between nations, arisen in late 18th century, opened a way for the Olympics revival on international levels. That is why the appeal of Pierre de Coubertin: "We need to make an international sport, you need to revive the Olympic Games", has found a certain response in many countries.|