Which soaring ideals survive? The Olympic Games have been at a crossroads for a while—long before COVID-19 forced the unprecedented postponement of Tokyo 2020. Rampant doping, skyrocketing costs, deeply embedded global inequities that profoundly impact athletes’ training, and scandals within sports themselves—including sexual abuse and assault on the women’s side, especially—mar Pierre de Coubertin’s 1896 vision to bring the children of the world (or at least white males, … [Read more...] about Olympics in Wartime
Amy Bass, Ph.D. is Professor of Sport Studies and Chair of the Division of Social Science and Communication at Manhattanville College. She is the author of several titles, most recently One Goal, and took home an Emmy for her work on the London Olympics in 2012. She’s on Twitter at @bassab1.