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5.9 OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES, Social sciences
Sports officials often claim that sport has to be ‘un-political’. This argument is most notably made in two contexts: Firstly, when the decision of awarding Olympic Games or World Championships to nations that struggle with human right issues is justified by the IOC or other international sporting federations. Secondly, when athletes express their concern over social injustices with symbolic gestures of protest in sports-specific contexts.
Thiel, A., Villanova, A. & Toms, M. (2016). Can Sport be ‘Un-political’? European Journal for Sport and Society, vol. 13, no. 4. doi:10.1080/16138171.2016.1253322