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Popinjay Shooting?

book cover image The Games

At the 1920 Olympics held in Antwerp, medals were awarded for popinjay shooting, a popular Flemish pastime. Politics in sport, it seems, is nothing new.

David Goldblatt’s new book has lots of odd trivia, but The Games: A Global History of the Olympics is more a reflection of change in the 20th and 21st centuries.

For example, the Athens competition in 1896 was an all-male, all-white affair; by 1900 women were allowed to compete in tennis, golf, croquet, equestrianism and sailing; and in 1924 William DeHart Hubbard became the first black American to win a gold medal - a feat unreported in the mainstream US media.

For the Guardian review.
For more on Olympic history.