Among the most significant world sporting events to bring all the people together are the Olympic Games. Despite this fact, the struggle for equal rights of the athlets has always been a big concern throughout its history.

Gender discrimination has appeared to be the first issue in the agenda of the Olympics as in the beginning of the 20th century female athlets were excluded from the competition. Only by Paris Olympics 1900 women have been allowed to take part at some sports for the first time. The struggle for equality has gone forwards to remain even more persistent nowadays.

The Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 were remarkable for protest symbolizing the fight for equality when black athletes from the United States marched with their fists raised at the Opening Ceremony to voice against racism and injustice.

The Olympics in Moscow in 1980 were boycotted by many countries due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to show the fight for political equality at the Olympics.

One of the most important steps in the fight for equality took place at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 as transgenders were given a green light to compete in the women’s sports for the first time in the entire history.

The Olympics are the symbol of the fight for equality, not only a sporting event. They serve to unite people from all over the world and must show that everybody has equal right to take part at the sports. The struggle for equality at the Olympics has continued to give the hope for equal opportunities for all the athletes in the future.

However, some athlets still face discrimination for various reasons despite all the efforts being made and some countries can’t help putting the Games under boycott due to political differences. That is why the struggle for equality cannot be stopped.

For instance, the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019 was remarkable for much criticism coming under decision on South African female athlete Caster Semenya whose testosterone was so high and abnormal that she was forced to compete in the men’s 800 meter race.

Another case sparked a massive public outcry on how fair it was for the other female athlets at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 when Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand became the first transgender woman to compete in the women’s Weightlifting.