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Sport, Discrimination and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Price, John, Kilvington, Daniel and Descamps, Yann (2024) Sport, Discrimination and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The International Journal of Sport and Society, 15 (3). p. 971. ISSN 2152-7865

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This introduction outlines some of the core themes and concepts that cut across this special issue. We begin by discussing the Olympics and Paralympics and how athlete activists have used the Games to highlight inequity and social injustice. With television audiences surpassing five billion people, these megaevents have the potential to not only reach onlookers from across the world but perhaps change attitudes, practices, and policies. Despite IOC-imposed restrictions around athlete activism, we offer an array of
campaigns and activist organizations in the French context to illustrate how discriminations are being challenged in advance of the Paris Olympics and Paralympics. At the 2024 Games, it is highly likely that issues of discrimination will be highlighted, and athletes are central to this discussion. Therefore, across this special issue, we focus on representations of gender and ethnicity in television, radio, and newspaper coverage; social media abuse directed at athletes; and disability inclusivity at the Games. Using an intersectional approach where possible, we illustrate how this myriad of identities shapes experiences and the mediated representations of individuals, groups, and nations. Every article within the special issue offers
recommendations for positive and transformative change, or possible areas for future research. We end this introduction by presenting some of these core recommendations designed to challenge inequalities.

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Depositing User: John Price


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Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2024 10:54
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 11:00


Author: John Price ORCID iD
Author: Daniel Kilvington
Author: Yann Descamps

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Media > Media and Cultural Studies
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