United States athletes will compete within the Video games, however the nation won’t ship the individuals whose job it’s to speak to officers in different nations. A number of different nations, together with Britain, Australia and Canada, are making related protests.
Chinese language officers complained that the protests are towards the spirit of the Olympics. China says the Video games ought to be impartial and sports activities shouldn’t be used to make political statements.
Another individuals really feel the identical means. They assume sports activities ought to be separate from the arguments and troubles of the world.
However sports activities have by no means been fully separate from the actual world. Politics and protests have been a part of the Olympics for a very long time.
For instance, in 1980, the US boycotted the Summer time Olympics and didn’t ship any athletes or diplomats to the Soviet Union (now Russia). The U.S. authorities did that to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
The boycott didn’t appear to work. The Soviet Union stayed in Afghanistan for nearly 10 extra years. Later the US fought an extended battle (2001 to 2021) in Afghanistan.
In 1984, the Soviet Union and plenty of of its Jap European allies boycotted the Summer time Video games in Los Angeles to get again at the US for the 1980 boycott. U.S. athletes, together with monitor star Carl Lewis, marathoner Joan Benoit and gymnast Mary Lou Retton, took benefit of the absence of their Russian and East European opponents and received 174 medals, together with 83 gold.
In 1936, some individuals needed the US to skip the Summer time Olympics in Berlin, Germany, to protest the Nazi authorities led by dictator Adolf Hitler and its persecution of Jewish residents. American athletes competed, and Jesse Owens grew to become a legend by successful 4 gold medals in monitor and area.
Particular person athletes have additionally used the Olympics to protest totally different points. American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists on the medal stand in 1968 because the nationwide anthem performed to protest the remedy of Black individuals in the US.
Athletes who protest are doing one thing American: Exercising their rights
So politics and essential world points have been a part of sports activities and the Olympics for years. I wouldn’t be stunned to see some athletes protest at this Winter Video games.
As a result of typically the information from the entrance web page of the newspaper spills over to the sports activities part.
Correction: An earlier model of this story talked about China’s crackdown on democracy on the island of Taiwan, which China considers a province, as a purpose for the U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. China has just lately flown navy plane close to the island however has not cracked down on democracy there. China has cracked down on democracy in Hong Kong, though the White Home talked about solely the Uyghurs when asserting the boycott. This story has been up to date.
Fred Bowen writes the sports activities opinion column for KidsPost. He’s the creator of 26 sports activities books about baseball, basketball, soccer and soccer for teenagers.