Cameroon Hosts Africa Cup of Nations Amid Ongoing Violence
The soccer tournament is being held in the middle of ongoing conflict—and is still fighting for the world’s respect.
The Long Game Podcast: How Mohamed Salah Won Over Soccer Fans
How Liverpool’s star player changed hearts and minds.
The Inevitably Awkward Tokyo Olympics
Athletes rebuked competitive norms as COVID-19 became the most normal part of the Tokyo Games.
The Long Game Podcast: How A Palestinian Female Footballer Started a Movement
Honey Thalijeh grew up under Israeli military occupation but found a way forward through football.
The Long Game Podcast: A Professional Basketball Player’s Hijab Journey
A Muslim athlete shares her story of expressing her true identity while on the court.
What’s Going on With China’s Missing Tennis Star?
Peng Shuai’s disappearance has mobilized the international community—and puts China’s Olympic dreams under even more scrutiny.
Beijing Must Face Olympic Consequences for Human Rights Abuses
Moving the Games offers a rare opportunity to weaken Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Chinese Censorship Is Going Global
Beijing is not content to stop stifling free speech at the water’s edge. Western companies and institutions must put liberty before profits.
Gaming the State System
Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?
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.
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.
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.
The IOC Should Stop Lying to Itself About the Beijing Olympics
Allowing the Games to happen alongside an ongoing genocide would be a disaster.
Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.
Athletes Are Post-National Now
Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?
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.
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.