Paris France, 1900

Legacy of the Games

The Paris Games of 1900 marked the first time women were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. Baron de Coubertin was notoriously opposed to women participating in the Games.

In some events, teams were composed of competitors from different nationalities. These included polo, athletics, sailing and tennis.

Only one spectator’s ticket was sold for the women’s croquet competition – to an Englishman who had travelled from Nice especially to watch the event. The teams competing were all French.