Wimbledon marks the end of an era free of bans and boycotts in sports

For nearly three decades, the participation of athletes in major competitions, regardless of the never-ending global military and political battles, has been an almost inviolable principle of international sport.

Wars broke out. Authoritarian countries with flagrant human rights violations have hosted major events. There were massive doping scandals. And as a result, boycotts and bans have all but disappeared from the sports landscape.

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