Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff is a professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon and the author of six books on the Olympic Games, most recently What Are the Olympics For?

Portland Soccer Feels the Power of Protest

Portland Soccer Feels the Power of Protest Portland Soccer Feels the Power of Protest

A movement to remove franchise owner Merritt Paulson could send shock waves beyond the Rose City.

Mar 30, 2022 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

The Beijing Olympics Showcase the Need for a Better Politics

The Beijing Olympics Showcase the Need for a Better Politics The Beijing Olympics Showcase the Need for a Better Politics

We must avoid a cold war while expressing solidarity with all in need.

Feb 10, 2022 / Edge of Sports / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Akwasi Frimpong

Akwasi Frimpong’s Struggle to Represent Africa at the Winter Olympics Akwasi Frimpong’s Struggle to Represent Africa at the Winter Olympics

The IOC bureaucracy should let the skeleton competitor claim his rightful place at the Beijing Games.

Jan 18, 2022 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Peng Shuai

Should We Trust Thomas Bach About the Safety of Peng Shuai? Should We Trust Thomas Bach About the Safety of Peng Shuai?

Chinese Olympian Peng Shuai disappeared after accusing a top party official of sexual assault. She reemerged after weeks to call… IOC President Thomas Bach?

Nov 30, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Peng Shuai

Where Is Peng Shuai? And What Is the IOC Going to Do About It? Where Is Peng Shuai? And What Is the IOC Going to Do About It?

With the 2022 Beijing Olympics looming, the IOC’s silence in the case of a missing tennis star who accused a Chinese official of sexual assault speaks volumes.

Nov 20, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Protesters against the Beijing Olympics

100 Days to the Beijing Olympics 100 Days to the Beijing Olympics

As the countdown to the Winter Olympics begins, the games are already engulfed in controversy. 

Oct 27, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Toyko Paralympics

Tokyo Hosts a Dangerous Paralympics in the Shadow of Covid Tokyo Hosts a Dangerous Paralympics in the Shadow of Covid

The Paralympics are supposed to be a celebration of people with disabilities. Instead, they will put many immunocompromised people at enormous risk.

Aug 24, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Raven Saunders

Despite the Ban, Protest Emerges at the Olympics Despite the Ban, Protest Emerges at the Olympics

The IOC’s efforts to quell visible dissent failed. 

Aug 10, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Canada's Crystal Emmanuel

A Covid Surge and Record Heat Have Created a Cursed Olympic Games A Covid Surge and Record Heat Have Created a Cursed Olympic Games

The “2020” Tokyo Olympics are being held in dangerous heat during a deadly pandemic. 

Aug 3, 2021 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics

The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics

The Tokyo Games should be a warning to potential Olympic hosts everywhere.

Jul 21, 2021 / Column / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

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