A history of boycotts and protests at the Olympics

An activist takes part in a protest to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Jakarta, on June 25, 2021.
An activist takes part in a protest to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Jakarta, on June 25, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - Politics and boycotts have long been part of the modern Olympic Games, which were first held in Greece's capital Athens in 1896.

That year, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the ancient Greek games, had to convince the Germans and the French to compete against each other. Ties between the two countries were strained after the Franco-Prussian war between 1870 and 1871.

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