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Women compete in the 20-kilometre race walk at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. (Shutterstock)

How sport transformed the lives of young Colombians

A Colombian program to help disadvantaged youth used sport to help them steer clear of the dangers they faced on a daily basis, including violence, prostitution, drug addiction, vandalism and gangs.
While it’s true that the “freedom convoy” revealed deep political polarization, it’s also true that it has provided us with the opportunity to create a more inclusive and participatory democracy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Democracy is a team sport: What the Olympics can teach us about politics

Rather than tolerating divisiveness and intolerance, we can and we should embrace this important moment to create a more participatory form of democracy.
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, seen here after competing in the women’s free skate program at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva’s drug test: The substances and their potential performance effects

A doctor and lifelong figure skater explains what was found in Valieva’s drug test, what effects the substances might have and how performance enhancements might benefit a figure skater.
Fifteen-year-old Russian skater Kamila Valieva reacts after her routine in the women’s free skate program during the 2022 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Would adding a minimum age limit for the Olympic Games protect youth athletes from doping?

Banning young athletes from the Olympics would mean we miss their spectacular performances, but considering all we know about overtraining, exploitation and abuse in sport, that might be OK.
This protest outside IOC headquarters in early 2022 objected to the Winter Games being held in China. Valentin Flauraud/AFP via Getty Images

What’s the IOC – and why doesn’t it do more about human rights issues related to the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee oversees several humanitarian initiatives. But it avoids letting human rights concerns interfere with the Games, even in countries with rampant violations.
Some resorts have launched diversity efforts to try to appeal to a wider community. Johannes Kroemer via Getty Images

Rising costs of climate change threaten to make skiing a less diverse, even more exclusive sport

As temperatures warm, ski and snowboard resorts are investing more in snowmaking and seeing their seasons shrink. Those costs roll down to customers in an already expensive sport.
Fans cheer during the women’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why do we like watching the Olympics so much?

From projecting onto athletes to aesthetic appreciation, spectators get a surprising amount out of watching other people play sports.
Tibetans use the Olympic Rings as a prop as they hold a street protest against the 2022 Winter Olympics in Dharmsala, India on Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Trudeau should have withdrawn Canada from the 2022 Beijing Olympics after reports of Chinese residential schools

The similarities between ongoing settler-colonialism in China and the history of settler-colonialism in Canada are frighteningly similar.

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