Give a brief explanation of the purpose of the Olympic Games.

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Essentially, the purpose of the Olympic Games, as defined by the Olympic Charter, is to create a peaceful environment where athleticism, sportsmanship, and the value of healthy and fair competition can be celebrated. As the Olympics have become more of a global phenomenon, the role of the Games has expanded, and the Olympic movement now views itself as an instrument for racial and ethnic harmony, peace, and cooperation, and, increasingly, gender equity. The Olympics generate tremendous revenue, which is then used to support its mission around the world. Of course, it should be noted that the International Olympic Committee, and the Games themselves, have experienced scandals that range from graft to bribery to doping. Indeed, one of the other major goals in the Olympic mission is to eliminate corruption in global sport. It should also be noted that for many host cities, another major purpose for the Games is to showcase their city to the world.