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Olympic Games news and analysis from The Nation
August 24, 2021
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.
August 19, 2021
Black Women Olympians Showed Us What It Means to Be Excellent—and Human
If there is a sea change in the way mental health is understood in elite sports, it is being led by Simone Biles and other Black women.
August 10, 2021
Despite the Ban, Protest Emerges at the Olympics
The IOC’s efforts to quell visible dissent failed.
August 9, 2021
Misogynistic Hate Will Not Stop Korean Feminism
Male chauvinists launched a campaign to humiliate An San, a 20-year-old archer. Instead of giving in, she won another gold.
Lee Hyun Choi
August 3, 2021
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.
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July 23, 2021
Why Tokyo Turned Against the Olympics
The city is the center of a great experiment at a dangerous new phase of the pandemic.
Chelsea Szendi Schieder
July 21, 2021
The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics
The Tokyo Games should be a warning to potential Olympic hosts everywhere.
July 20, 2021
The Greatest: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon on Muhammad Ali
The directors of the new Ali documentary talk about bringing a larger-than-life figure back down to earth.
July 16, 2021
Anti-Asian Racism and the 2020 Olympic Games
How can IOC President Thomas Bach force through these games against the will of 80 percent of the population? It helps if you don’t even know who they are.
July 8, 2021
Olympic Athletes Deserve Freedom of Speech
The IOC’s efforts to stifle dissent have no place in a free society.