Friday, 13 April 2018

Gold medals and political points

How times have changed. In 1968, two African-American athletes took the opportunity of medal wins at the Mexico Olympics to protest, from the podium, racial discrimination at home - and almost became non-persons. It did not help that the heads of both the International Olympics and the US Olympics Committee at the time were both reactionaries, if not white supremacists.

Yesterday on the Australian Gold Coast, Tom Daley, having just won gold in partnership with Dan Goodfellow, highlighted the homophobic laws of 37 Commonwealth countries - and hardly a breath of criticism has been reported.

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