Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
Patrick Blennerhassett
Opinion

Opinion

Patrick Blennerhassett

Beijing Winter Olympics: let athletes do their talking by making magic moments, not embroiled in boycotts

  • From Jesse Owens in Nazi Germany in 1936 to the Black Power salute in 1968, to the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980, sport and politics make for historical memories
  • Depriving athletes the chance to compete next year at the Winter Olympics would rob them of chance to put politics aside, or bring them into the fray on their own accord

Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
Does the Beijing Winter Olympic face an international boycott, and will athletes’ legacies be affected? Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. He has covered sport for the Post since 2018.