1968-2018 Commemorating athletics and activism

The IOC recently released details on rules related to athletes and political protests at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The published guidelines specify that “Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter provides a framework to protect the neutrality of sport and the Olympic Games. It states that, ‘No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.’” In light of these developments, we’re revisiting these important stories and posing the question:
Do you believe that athletes should have the right to protest?

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the seminal moment at the Mexico City Games, when Americans John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised a black-gloved fist from the medals podium. Global Sport Matters looked back at the year from a global sporting perspective.

From the World Series helping a wounded Detroit heal, to athletic innovations that trace their origins to those Olympics, 1968 served as a critical pivot point in the role sports plays in society and introduced the modern era of athlete activism.


1968 Olympics: Iconic Moments

The images from Mexico City 1968 transcend the sporting event and moved into legendary status for performance and activism