We all, especially the die-hard sports lovers eagerly wait for the matches to happen. From Olympics to cricket and football world cup all happen at the gap of four years. Yes and fans eagerly wait for it.
Well, do you know the reason behind it? I am sure no one knows. Many must be wondering as to why there’s a gap of particularly 4 years and not 3, 5 or 7 years. But there is definitely a genuine and valid reason behind this.
According to a research, this trend started with Olympic Games that were held every 4 years at Olympia from 776 BC through 393 AD.
The four years of period was referred to as an 'Olympiad', which was used as a measure of time, just like years.
During this period, 4 sets of 'Panhellenic Games' were held to mark the calendar (Panhellenic means 'of or representing all people of Greek origin or ancestry').
Olympic Games was one among them which was revived in 1896 in Athens with modern rules. But one thing that remained the same was the tradition of taking a 4-year-gap between two editions.
After this, all the important sports like football and cricket also adopted this four-year-gap rule to avoid clashes and also have a proper time between these tournaments.
The most happening football tournament FIFA World Cup was started in 1930. Other reason why there is a 4-year-gap was being maintained for the spectators and teams had enough time to travel. Earlier, travelling by air was not so common and it took months to travel from one country to another by road or sea. Also, the organizers get a fair amount of time to arrange everything and also if the players are suffering some injuries, they get a considerable amount of time to recover and participate.
A great number of reasons match and it is another reason why FIFA needs time between two editions of the World Cup.
Well, we hope your doubt is clear and also there’s an interesting story behind this four-year-gap thing.