Russia’s champions in Rio: politics is not an obstacle

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The thing that is always emphasized is a non-political, peaceful nature of the Olympics, but Pierre de Coubertin and other forefathers of the Olympic Games were, to some extent, driven by political motives. Firstly, in 19th century people believed that the Olympics would promote international communication and, thus, contribute to international peace building. It is a foreign policy aspect. Secondly, as for internal policy, heroes of the Olympics were supposed to encourage their fellow citizens to do sports and promote a healthy lifestyle.