Pim Verschuuren is an associate researcher in the Sport and International Relations department of IRIS (Institute of International and Strategic Relations). It analyzes the growing political mobilization of the sports world and its impact on international bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Football Federation (Fifa), and countries such as China and Qatar.
We have the feeling that there has never been such a commitment from the sports world. Is that the case ?
Yes, it is, although athletes have always been engaged since the birth of modern sport at the end of the 19th century. There is an unprecedented combination of events on which athletes, but also Leagues and Federations take a stand.
The first factor is social networks, which allow everyone to address the whole …