The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.
Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practised in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games
Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
In 1898, one of the first programmes to be broadcasted on radio was a yacht race that took place in British waters.