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Beijing 2022: one step closer towards more inclusive Games

Beijing 2022: one step closer towards more inclusive Games

Gorczynski, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-8876-8935 and Fraser, Kotryna (2022) Beijing 2022: one step closer towards more inclusive Games. The Sport and Exercise Scientist. ISSN 1754-3452 (In Press)

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The persevering and inclusive spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games quickly faded earlier this year, only to be replaced by calls for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Both the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games took place during a challenging and horrific climate – diplomatic boycotts in protest of China’s Uyghur Genocide, journalistic suppression by the Chinese government, restricted freedom of people in Hong Kong, and the pandemic. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) took the unique step to ban para-athletes from both Russia and Belarus. Despite this political climate, Beijing 2022 presented an opportunity to showcase how sport may act as a vehicle for social change. Over the last few years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IPC have been working to promote diversity and equality during the Games, efforts that have been met with criticism and resistance (e.g., the IOC Equality and Inclusion Framework 2021). Despite these challenges, the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics can help people come together and push social boundaries. We highlight some of these achievements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beijing 2022; diversity and equality; Olympics and Paralympics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 09:32

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