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Why it’s important sport makes a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban

There are many who believe that sport and politics should not mix and yet history is littered with examples.

We have seen the legendary Jesse Owens winning four gold medals in Berlin striking a blow to Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy; Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists to highlight inequality in the United States in Mexico City in 1968; and boycotts denying athletes the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games most recently in Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles four years later. 

So is it any wonder that sporting icons have been at the forefront of criticism of United States President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order which bans nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S?