As we close out our second controversial COVID-era Olympic Games, what the heck just happened? Let’s discuss!
Aside from international sport, the games undoubtedly have big implications in the worlds of global politics, human rights, diplomacy, and your TV schedule, to name just a few. Whether you’re a diehard Olympics fan or couldn’t care less, YPIN invites you to come discuss what the Olympics mean to you, how you balance their larger implications, and what you see for the future of the games.
If you’re feeling out of the loop, we recommend catching up with the following articles to help inform our conversation:
On the economics of the Olympics: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/economics-hosting-olympic-games
On what China thinks of the 2022 Olympics: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/sports/olympics/for-xi-jinping-the-olympics-is-a-moment-to-declare-china-is-ready.html
On what the US (and others) think: https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/debate-over-boycotting-2022-beijing-olympics
On the environmental costs of the games: https://www.npr.org/2021/07/06/1013496227/theres-work-to-do-if-the-olympics-actually-wants-to-be-environmentally-friendly
On the human cost: https://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/08/05/autodromo-rio-atlanta-olympics