by Moody Adams Henry G. Brinton wrote an article on the Olympic’s religious roots. In it he said, “When the Summer Olympics opened in London last Friday, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have religious roots, though they appear to have largely secular fruits.”
Baron Pierre de Coubertin said, "The first essential characteristic of the Olympics, both ancient as well as modern, is to be a religion … above and outside the churches." He was influenced by proponents of "muscular Christianity," who used sports as a method of strengthening faith and morality.
The ancient Greeks, who originated the Olympics with religion involved, did create a hostility between the body and soul.