katmoncue posted a comment · Sep 15, 2020
Totalitarian governments often mix sports and politics. Superiority in athletics is sought to mark a superior governmental system or individual leader. An example is Hitler who tried to use athletics to mark a superior race (Jessie Owens Olympic victories angered him). So sports are not always used to distract the masses as lamented by a Roman writer: “Two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses.” It seems sports are trending away from circuses into a propaganda tool supporting a system that promises to cure all injustice.