Sporting Life: Upsets, protests, noise, tension, what else do you want from a World Cup?

An Iran supporter in Doha with her face made up to show tears of blood under a heart. PHOTO: AFP
Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

At dinner on Saturday night a young woman is animatedly discussing protest in sport. What is trivial about it, what is meaningful and whether modern athletes are ready for the weight of consequence. If the cause is mighty, repercussion is inevitable.

My friend has a degree in sport (literally) and she knows of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who put their black-gloved fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics to protest racial injustice. Then hell broke loose.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.