Patrick Basham’s Epoch Times essay argues against the boycott of Russian teams, clubs, and athletes
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Patrick Basham's Epoch Times essay argues against the boycott of Russian teams, clubs, and athletes

Hey, FIFA and the IOC! Leave Them Russians Alone

Basham Russia sports boycott

PATRICK BASHAM
3 March 2022

The politicization of sport was always considered a perversion of the virtues that made athletic endeavors special: vigorous, merit-based competition; fair play; old-school sportsmanship; and contests devoid of malign external influences.
Hence, the 1936Berlin Olympics served for decades as a teachable moment about the tragic interweaving of sports and politics.
Generations of sports enthusiasts grew up appreciating that, in a stadium built to celebrate the Nazis’ Third Reich, Adolf Hitler’s leveraging of the Berlin Games to promote Aryan supremacy failed spectacularly. It failed due to 18 courageous black American athletes, led by the legendary Jesse Owens, who collectively won 14 medals.

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