The International Olympic Committee’s position is clear. Human rights be damned. Refugees be damned. The Games must go on. The rest is window dressing.
The Olympics, and all “mega sports,” are inevitably embedded in the political contexts of their times. To dismiss or bypass the political issues that arise seems naïve at best.
As long as athletes stand witness to the Olympic flame in Beijing and compete in the games, complacency will overshadow any message of condemnation.
Throughout the pandemic, sporting organisations have proven they can organise large-scale events in a safe and responsible way, without mandated vaccines for athletes.
The disappearance of Peng further underlines the need for an international boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The CCP’s assaults on democracy activists deserve more than willful blindness.
A new IOC framework aims to ensure everyone can practice sport safely and free from harassment, irrespective of their gender or sex-linked traits.
Beijing 2022 is on track to be the most politically-charged games ever.
Olympians and Paralympians can uplift the voices of Celil’s family and supporters by calling for his release over the next four months. Academics, journalists and activists should join in solidarity.
Olympic broadcasters can help Canadians support the Uyghurs, Tibetans, pro-democracy advocates and others fighting for their human rights in China by cancelling their Olympic coverage.
Athletes must seek other ways to finance their careers beyond state and private sponsorships.
The treatment of the horse Saint Boy has ignited fierce discussion about horses in modern pentathlon, and reanimated ethical debates about horses’ jobs beyond the Olympics.
A new book explores physical culture in a social and historical context, focusing on colonial settings.
Physical activity barriers are still prevalent for people with disabilities, despite the increase in participation in the Paralympic Games.
Through social media, young athletes are dismantling the idea of the superhuman athlete.
Black women played a central role in the 2021 Olympic Games. And that role was more than just resistance and resilience.
A study has looked at which mega events took the largest toll on the environment and local people.
The Olympics are usually profitable for broadcasters and show off the future possibilities of media technologies.
From skateboarding and climbing to baseball, the new Olympic events had varying degrees of success.
In the aftermath of the Tokyo Olympics it’s worth reflecting on just what kind of meaning the games still generate.
A solid post-Olympic plan and the support of others can make all the difference when it comes to transitioning to a ‘normal’ life.