Human Rights and the Olympic Movement: estrangements and approximations

  • Billy Graeff Federal University of Rio Grande
  • Daiana Viacelli Fernandes Anhanguera University


This article focuses on the connexion between the Olympic Movement and Human Rights issues, specifically addressing the Summer Games that took place in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), 2012 (London), and 2016 (Rio de Janeiro). Initially, the text locates the Olympic Games in the context of global capitalism. Later, the article highlights aspects of the Games that have become affected by human rights issues in the XXI Century. Next, we give examples of how these issues have been interpreted in the context of the Olympic Movement. Finally, we indicate ways in which the academic community can contribute to help issues related to Human Rights become an integral part of the Olympic Movement.

How to Cite
GRAEFF, Billy; FERNANDES, Daiana Viacelli. Human Rights and the Olympic Movement: estrangements and approximations. Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, p. 153–172, oct. 2019. ISSN 2565-196X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 july 2020.
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