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“Politics has come to be considered not only inappropriate in the arena of sports, but actually antithetical to it,” Zirin says. “We want so much to see sports solely as an arena of play, not seriousness. But here’s the thing, this can cheapen not only the greatness and relevance of sports to us as a society, but also the courage of the athletes” . The pursuit of fame, wealth and status can blind the human conscience, which is why it is important for us to encourage athletes to voice their opinions. As a nation, we should not silence our athletes, because it is the truly courageous athletes who have the audacity to stand up when it is socially unacceptable. Sports should be used as a platform for a certain kind of politics such as militarism, nationalism and human rights. A few athletes stand out as political advocates of their time who were not afraid to express their opinions: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Billie-Jean King. There is a rich tradition of resistance to politics in sports, but their actions have been integral to country’s struggle for racial and gender equality; s…