Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 30, 1906
Date Finished: April 30, 1906
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The tug-of-war competition was held inside the Panathenaic Stadium on the infield of the track. In 1906 it was conducted as part of the track and field program. The newspapers documented that the competitions were highly watched and greatly anticipated by spectators in the stadium. Although it may have been exciting to the spectators, the competing nations apparently gave little thought to the tug-of-war. Most of them simply selected a team to compete in this competition by choosing their strongest athletes from among their gymnasts and weight throwers in the track and field event. It is known that the winning German team, for instance, was only selected on the boat (Trieste) traveling from Italy to Greece just prior to the start of the Olympic Games.