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.