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Stories about Olympics

Athletes’ mental health is neglected in post-Olympic phase, new study finds

With the Olympic Games and the Paralympics both over, there have been concerns about what the fame and spotlight does to athletes post-Games.

Namibian female sprinters are victorious at World Under-20 Athletics Championship amidst bans over discriminatory tests

In April 2021, the World Athletics introduced new rules for female classification which banned four athletes — all from Africa — from participating in the 800m race.

Camacho-Quinn's historic Olympic win sparks discussion on Puerto Rican identity

"Did you know that our first and only Olympic gold medals have been won by two women?"

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey's women's volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the "Sultans of the Net," beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympics match on July 25.

Curtain falls on Kenya's Benjamin Ayimba, first African coach outside of South Africa to win a Sevens World Series Cup

Rugby is the only team sport where Kenya has consistently excelled in the world, and Ayimba played a big part in that success.

Do you really need to learn Japanese to live in Japan?

The more hard-won the lessons we learn about the country, the more some of us realize how mundane life in Japan actually is.

What Monica Puig's Olympic Gold Medal Means for Puerto Ricans

"I think I united a nation."

Here's to Dilshod Nazarov and Four Other Tajikistan Sporting Success Stories You've Never Heard

Unless you are North Korea, never mess with this country in ITF Taekwon-Do.

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

A New Digital Tool Helped Rio de Janeiro Activists Document Abuses in the Olympics

CrowdVoice.by enables activists and grassroots organizations to collaboratively curate media related to their causes.

Tajikistan Goes Crazy Over First Ever Olympic Gold

"Long live Tajik mothers who give birth to sons like Dilshod Nazarov. Well done, mother of Dilshod."

Kyrgyzstan Still Hearts the Female Wrestler Who Fell Short at Rio

The fact the country's only medalist lost his bronze for doping has helped to boost her popularity even further.

Japan Off to a Strong Start at 2016 Rio Olympics

Japanese men and women got off to a strong start during the first weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Russian Athlete Branded a ‘Traitor’ for Competing in Rio Olympics

Internet users in Russia are ganging up on long jumper Darya Klishina for agreeing to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics under a neutral flag.

Women Recognized for Their Contributions to Sports

The International Olympic Committee recognized public figures and organizations that have promoted the participation of women in all areas of sports.

Mexican Protesters Show Creative Activism

@faeriedevilish, blogging for Infoactivismo, reflects on the need to be creative in communicating our protests. Along those lines, the author explains the importance of creativity while referring to protesting events...

Bot Wave Tries to Remind Russians of Rosier Olympic Times

Facing economic crisis at home and armed conflict in Ukraine, there has been a concerted effort across the airwaves to remind Russians about the anniversary the country’s 2014 Olympic triumph.

3 Years in Prison for Spray-Painting a Fence? Now's Your Chance to Say ‘No.’

This summer, activists launched a "Free Vitishko" signature drive through the global civic organization "Avaaz." The petition demands the environmentalist's immediate and unconditional release from Russian prison.

South Korean Figure Skater Yuna Kim's ‘Robbed’ Sochi Gold Becomes Photoshop Meme

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova took gold in the free skating event, but many, not limited to South Koreans, questioned the result.

To Hell with the Games: Russians Turn from Sochi to Ukraine

Today, after a relative lull, violence returned to Kiev’s streets, causing a dramatic shift in RuNet activity. Indeed, the images coming out of Ukraine depict something like a civil war.

About our Olympics coverage

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August, 2012. With 26 sports, 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators, the Olympics is the world’s biggest sporting event. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

Keep coming back to this page for more Global Voices coverage of the stories behind the sporting action.

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