By Paige Hymson
Evident from historic terror attacks, protests, and more, the Olympic Games have been used as a tool for political discourse for many years. An international event intended as an athletic competition, often turns into a political competition by the participating nations. Boycotting the games has been a common pattern of opposition toward the host country in the past. Women’s rights and racial matters are among some of the many issues that have engaged the political agenda in a number of past Olympic events.