Why the Olympics have always been a better stage for politics than sport

"Sports is war minus the shooting," said George Orwell. So far, however, a thawing of tensions between North Korea and South Korea has been the big political story of the 2018 Olympic Games.

Protestors sounding off about China’s policies in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Credit: Getty Images.

"Sports is war minus the shooting," said George Orwell.

So far, however, a thawing of tensions between North Korea and South Korea as a result of the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang—exemplified by their marching together under a common flag during the opening ceremony—has been the big political story surrounding these Games.

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