What are the Olympic anthem lyrics and who wrote it?

THE Olympics is going to look a little different this year with no fans in attendance in Tokyo.

But one thing that will remain the same is the playing of the Olympic anthem.

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The Olympic flag and anthem will still play a prominent part in a much-changed Olympic Games[/caption]

And we will hear it more than ever this time around, as it will be played instead of the Russian anthem whenever any athletes from the country win gold medals.

The Olympic anthem will also be played if the Refugee team wins a gold medal.

What are the Olympic anthem lyrics?

Olympian flame immortal
Whose beacon lights our way
Emblaze our hearts with the fires of hope
On this momentous day
As now we come across the world
To share these Games of old
Let all the flags of every land
In brotherhood unfold
Sing out each nation, voices strong
Rise up in harmony
All hail our brave Olympians
With strains of victory
Olympic light burn on and on
O’er seas and mountains and plains
Unite, inspire, bring honour
To these ascending games
May valour reign victorious
Along the path of golden way
As tomorrow’s new champions now come forth
Rising to the fervent spirit of the game
Let splendour pervade each noble deed
Crowned with glory and fame
And let fraternity and fellowship
Surround the soul of every nation
Oh flame, eternal in your firmament so bright
Illuminate us with your everlasting light
That grace and beauty and magnificence
Shine like the sun
Blazing above
Bestow on us your honour, truth and love

Who wrote the Olympic anthem?

The Olympic anthem was composed by opera composer Spyridon Samaras ahead of the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens – the first of the modern era.

Poet Kostis Palamas added words to the hymn in Greek.

However, it was not approved as the official anthem of the Olympic movement until 1958.

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