Iran faces Wave of Defecting Athletes

Tobias Hochstöger, MSc International Politics Amid the current protests in Iran, the Islamic Republic is facing a wave of top athletes, who are defecting the country, due to its strict standards for athletes in international competitions. Most recently, Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s first and sole female Olympic medal winner, announced on 12 Jan on […]

IOC Bans Political Demonstrations Ahead of Tokyo 2020

Ruth Wetters BA Chinese (Modern & Classical) image caption: IOC president Thomas Bach and former swimmer Kirsty Coventry during an IOC press conference in Lausanne (09/01/20) (Credit: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) On Thursday 9th January, the International Olympic Committee announced new, stricter bans on political, religious and ethnic demonstrations for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. […]