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plural noun
Olympic Games held every fourth summer and including swimming, diving, track and field, boxing, and basketball.
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What are the Summer Games?

The Summer Games are the summer version of the Olympic Games, an international athletic competition featuring multiple sporting events between athletes  representing their country.

The Olympic Games are commonly called the Olympics, and the Summer Games are commonly called the Summer Olympics.

There are two related but separate events called the Olympic Games: one hosted in summer, called the Summer Games, and one hosted in winter, called the Winter Games.

The Summer Games feature traditionally warm weather and indoor sports, like track and field, gymnastics, swimming, and basketball, among many others.

When are the Summer Games?

The Summer Games originally planned for 2020 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now scheduled for July 23–August 8, 2021. They will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympics are now usually staggered so that there is two years between the Summer Games and the Winter Games, with each being held every four years (usually in even-numbered years). The Summer Games are usually in July and August and the Winter Games are usually held in February.

More information and context on the Summer Games

The modern Olympic Games are based on an ancient Greek festival and competition (also referred to as the Olympic Games) that featured a range of athletic competitions as well as patriotic and religious rituals. The ancient Olympic Games are thought to have been first held in 776 b.c.e., and they were held regularly—often every four years—until the 4th century c.e. They were held in a place known as Olympia, the plain of Mount Olympus, which in Greek mythology was believed to be the realm of the gods.

In 1892, French scholar Pierre de Coubertin began a movement to reinstate the Olympic Games as a global event. In 1896, the first global modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. Some of the athletic competitions featured in the ancient games are events in the modern Summer Games, such as discus.

The Summer Games and the Winter Games used to be held in the same year, but they started to be staggered in the 1990s. Today, both events host thousands of athletes from more than 90 countries. They are organized by the International Olympic Committee with the goal of gathering the world’s best athletes and creating global connections and peace between nations.

The Summer Games and the Winter Games are both known for having elaborate opening and closing ceremonies that celebrate the culture of the host country.

Here is list of some of the events in the Summer Games:

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How are the Summer Games discussed in real life?

The Summer Games are typically considered the more popular version of the Olympic games, especially due to popular events like gymnastics, track and field, swimming, and basketball.

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Some of the events featured in the Summer Games date back to the ancient Greek Olympic Games.

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