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Activists of the C.I.O Comitato Insostenibili Olimpiadi (Unsustainable Olympics Committee) show a banner in Italian reading: “Milano-Cortina 2026, from the mountains to the city, unsustainable Olympics,” as they march in Milan, northern Italy, on Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The treatment of environmental activists at Olympic Games contradicts IOC’s Olympism ideals

Despite the IOC’s optimistic rhetoric, environmental exploitation by host nations, and the suppression of opposition to such exploitation, have remained a troubling feature of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, ahead of the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. Magali Cohen / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP

The Catholic Church is using the upcoming Paris Olympics to engage young people − but several popes have already promoted sports as a way to teach Christian values

The use of sport as an evangelical tool is not new for the Catholic Church. Pope Pius X welcomed athletes in 1905 for the first international gymnastics competition in the Vatican gardens.
Practising sport in a polluted environment can expose you to elements that are hazardous to health. RossHelen/Shutterstock

How air pollution can affect athletes

Sports activities can expose you to pollutants that are hazardous to your health.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps receives his silver medal for the men’s 200 butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics. Al Bello/Getty Images

For many Olympic medalists, silver stings more than bronze

Researchers used AI to analyze photos of Olympic medalists and found that bronze medalists appeared happier than silver medalists. A cognitive process called ‘counterfactual thinking’ may explain why.
Canada women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé holds her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics as she poses for photographs after an announcement in Vancouver on March 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The more medals Canadian athletes win, the fewer Canadians participate in organized sport

With the Paris Olympics and Canada’s Future of Sport Commission both to start soon, this is a timely critique of the Canadian sport system.
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Extreme heat is a killer for outdoor sporting events – let’s plan properly to keep everyone safe

Here’s how to reduce heat-related health risks during major sporting events, from the Summer Olympics to test cricket. Athletes, officials, spectators and volunteers all need to take responsibility.
Enshrining and enforcing the status of a ‘protected class’ for children engaged in athletic work would be a major step toward achieving children’s rights in sport. (Shutterstock)

With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport

With the Paris Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child approaching, now is the ideal time to focus on protecting the rights of child athletes.

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