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Olympic Games



  • It's Impossible to Separate Politics and the Olympics

    by Michelle Sikes

    The Supreme Council for Sport in Africa was a collaboration of 32 nations to pressure international sporting authorities to seek to bar the white supremacist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia from major competition, most notably through a boycott of the 1976 Montreal games. 



  • The IOC May Not Like it, but the Games have Always Been a Forum for Protest

    by Harry Blutstein

    "Baron Pierre de Coubertin, believed that Olympiads were a way to communicate “love for concord and a respect for life.” So it was not surprising that activist athletes saw the Olympics as a legitimate forum to promote those values whenever they saw them violated."



  • Why Japan Forfeited Hosting the 1940 Games

    by Paul Droubie

    Japan's forfeiture of the games amid rising international and internal tensions shows that the Olympics have always been a vehicle for the promotion of national elites' agendas, often at the expense of popular domestic concerns. 



  • Abolish the Olympics

    Natalie Shure argues that the Games impose too many costs on their host cities to justify a short-lived athletic spectacle. 



  • Remembering Wilma Rudolph, the “Queen of the Olympics”

    by Scott N. Brooks and Aram Goudsouzian

    "Maybe most important, Rudolph was a real Black woman, not a stereotype. The Olympics lent her a special platform at a unique moment in American history, and Rudolph capitalized upon it with grace."