Messengers and Trumpeters Contests
Apart from the athletes, messengers and trumpeters also participated in the Games in Olympia. They took part for the first time in the contests introduced in the 96th Olympics (396 BC) whereas the winners had special privileges during the games.
Since there were many capable messengers and trumpeters willing to compete for the privilege to announce the events or the winners of the events, or blow the trumpet at the hippodrome, the Greeks organized messenger and trumpeter contests. The winner gained the privilege to trumpet at the hippodrome and announce the athletes during the Olympics.