The social aspects of the Olympic Games encompass two main areas

• The ancient Olympic Games played an important task in the Greek religious festivals. The competitive nature of the games was seen as a way to please the spirits of the dead.

• Transgender athletes are allowed to compete in the Games since the 2000 Sydney Games.

• For the first time ever in the history of Paralympic events, participation fees will not be charged in the 2004 Paralympic Game.

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