Palestine and the Olympics : a history / Issam Khalidi, Alon K. Raab

Khalidi, Issam | Raab, Alon K.

When Palestinian runner Majdi Abu Marahil crossed the finish line in the men's 10,000-metre race at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a decades-long struggle to have Palestine participate in the Olympics came to an end. Starting in the early years of the British Mandate, the battle over who will represent the land in international sport tournaments and bodies, and whether Palestine is a country raged. It was part of the larger issue of Palestinian sovereignty and independence and its place in the community of nations. Through the efforts of Palestinian sport officials and activists (and their allies,) victory was achieved. There are still many obstacles ahead but Palestine's presence in the Games (and in other international sport events) is now an accepted fact.

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