The Enlightenment, first, and, after the 19th century, hygienist ideas contributed to the popularisation of the idea that sports were good for people’s health and also a good way of taming the instincts of the popular classes (besides, the high classes started to organise their first amateur sport associations, as opposed to the professional athletics of the common people). With that spirit, in 1850, a doctor, William Penny Brookes, organised in the village of Wenlock, in Shropshire, Olympic Games for the “promotion of physical, intellectual and moral improvement of the inhabitants of the village and of the Wenlock area and in particular of its working classes.” The Wenlock Games became very successful and soon joined forces with other games created in Athens to remember the Ancient Olympic Games, the Zappas Games, called that way because of their main patron and promoter, Evangelis Zappas, and only open to athletes of Greek origin. One of the visitors of the Wenlock games -which, by the way, still exist- in 1890 was a French aristocrat called Pierre de Coubertain. When Zappas died, de Coubertain resumed his friend Penny’s idea of creating an International edition of the Olympic Games. This would be the starting shot of Modern Olympics.