A tale that highlights how far equality at the Olympics still has to run

Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands won four events at the 1948 Olympics, facing down her critics, writes David Harding

Wednesday 28 July 2021 00:03
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<p>Blankers-Koen leaving the track at Wembley Stadium after winning 200m gold</p>

Blankers-Koen leaving the track at Wembley Stadium after winning 200m gold

Sometimes a story is so shocking it could only be true.

No one could make up a tale so absurd as a women’s team competing in 2021 being forced to pay a fine for choosing to wear shorts rather than bikini bottoms, as players of the Norwegian volleyball team have just done. A fine that the singer Pink has offered to pay.

The history of sport is also a history of sexism. And the Olympics have long been part of that ignoble tradition.

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