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Miles Thompson plays lacrosse

Gaming the State System

Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?

A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.

The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection

The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.

U.S. fans watch the Olympics.

Nationalism Is Underrated by Intellectuals

From enjoying the Olympics to defeating COVID-19, a small dose of collective pride can go a long way toward success.

Actress Katerina Lechou lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC, on October 24, 2017 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Pathological Obsession With Moving the Olympics

Having a single host site would be a simple—and entirely traditional—fix for what ails the Games.

A Tibetan activist holds a placard and a Tibetan flag during a protest against Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in front of the Olympics Museum in Lausanne on June 23.

The IOC Should Stop Lying to Itself About the Beijing Olympics

Allowing the Games to happen alongside an ongoing genocide would be a disaster.

South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

Soccer player Robert Sanchez wears a protest T-shirt “Football is for the fans”

Europe’s Super League Is Dead, but UEFA Needs Reform

European soccer administrators have stifled the beautiful game. It’s time to rein them in.

A shepherd shows where she sheltered ultramarathoners in China's Gansu province.

China’s Ultramarathon Tragedy Was a Fad Gone Bad

Inexperienced companies rushing into badly regulated new sectors is a recipe for disaster.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.

Suga’s Olympic-Sized Gamble

Backed by the G-7, Japan’s prime minister will likely go ahead with the games. How they play out will determine his survival.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

Leeds United fans hold a banner against plans for a European Super League and the involvement of the Liverpool football club outside Elland Road stadium in Leeds, northern England, on April 19.

American Sports Logic Created Soccer’s Failed Super League

The commercial reasoning was sound—but the culture clash doomed plans.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores a goal against Manchester United.

Soccer’s Financial Crisis Could Transform Leagues Forever

Private equity’s power may eliminate promotion and relegation.

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the athletics women's 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.

Women Athletes Subjected to ‘Sex Testing’ are Faced With Impossible Choices

The cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand shed light on the invasive medical procedures endured by intersex athletes around the world.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

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