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When it comes to sports and politics in the last couple decades, you can’t have one without the other. Many athletes have used their stardom and screen time to openly express their political views and opinions. Muhammed Ali used his popularity as one of the world’s greatest boxers to promote the civil rights movement and his Islamic views. In recent years, we saw Kapernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem which started a movement among athletes and even influenced everyday people. The mix of politics and sports goes beyond just individuals. A few years back, politics affected the international soccer league, FIFA. Several countries were found guilty of bribing members of the league for them to be able to host major tournaments including the World Cup.

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