Last week, we looked at the ways in which the traditional image of the sportsman, which if you remember looked like ==> this: white, male, amateur, from upper-class background - has been challenged as a consequence of increasing gender equality and the emergence of more and more female athletes. This week, we look at the ways in which the changing ethnic composition of British society and changes on race relations have been reflected by changes in the sporting world.
As first example: ==> Mohamed "Mo" Farah (born 23 March 1983) is a Somali-born British international track and field athlete. He is the current 10,000 metres Olympic champion and 5000 metres Olympic, World and European champion. On the track, he generally competes over 5000 m and 10,000 m, but also runs the 3000 metres and occasionally the 1500 metres. He has expressed a desire to move up to the marathon after the 2012 Summer Olympics ==>Show Farah winning 10000?
Farah is of Somali parentage, but his father grew up in Britain, and Farah himself has lived in Britain since the age of 9. Sounds entirely British! He has been unequivocal about where he feels he belongs: when asked whether he would rather participate for Somalia, he answered: ==>"This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I'm proud."
Intersection between sport and ethnicity has been evident innumerable times throughout history, but perhaps nowhere more than: ==> The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was a protest made by the African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico. As they turned to face their flags and hear the American national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), they each raised a black-gloved fist and kept them raised until the anthem had finished. All three men, including Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, wore human rights badges on their jackets. The event was one of the most overtly...
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