[Marxism] Patriot games: the innovation and drama of Soviet sports

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 7 07:12:39 MST 2014

These were non-competitive events: how could there be individual 
champions when everyone was equal? There were even debates in the 1920s 
as to whether football should be banned; in the end, it proved too 
popular. The Spartakiads also took the place of meaningful international 
sport, because from the mid-1920s a western boycott barred the Soviet 
Union from global competitions. Russia did not take part in the Olympics 
until 1952.


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