"Politics have no place in the Olympics." Leaders of the Olympic movement have made this claim since the beginning of the modern games. A new history of the Olympics shows that it's never been the case.
Gilmore Junio, Olympic “Selflessness,” and the Whispers of Culture
When speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his place in a race at the Sochi Games to a teammate who had fallen during trials, was he being a true Canadian? Or a true Filipino? Or a true competitor?
Jules Boykoff & Daniel B. Eisen
"Games, like art, achieve their impact in the way they reflect and symbolise life outside the frame, the stage, the arena. Of all games, cricket embodies life's passions most richly. It can, too, be unspeakably boring, as drab and futile as a pointless journey."