The Tokyo Olympics: A Political Look Back (and forward to Beijing 2022)
With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games just ended—in 2021!—we will take a look back at some of the more significant political stories from the Games (not the same stories that NBC covered at these Games). We will explore controversies about gender equality and public safety at these Games. We will ask, why does Puerto Rico compete as a sovereign nation at the Games? And why does China do well at the Games when India wins so few medals? Then we will take a look forward six months to the Winter 2022 Games scheduled for Beijing. In the United States there are going to be loud calls for a boycott of those Games. By taking a look back at the U.S. boycott of Moscow 1980, we will explore the strategy and significance of a potential boycott and speculate what the United States and the U.S. Olympic Committee might do.