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by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 01:38:20 PM EST
Simone Biles is a target of racism ... conservative, evangelical satire of the Bee is not helpful.

Winning Olympic gold is tough? Try doing it while coping with racism

A long list of sporters suffering from mental health issues ...

Global mental healthcare compared - OECD

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 06:24:34 PM EST
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APsplainin Black British ELITE equity, "pool apartheid"
Ban on Soul Cap® spotlights lack of diversity in swimming
For people of color [POC], this was so much more than a ban on a swimming cap. Dismissing it represented yet another injustice.


It's been five years since the Rio Games, when American Simone Manuel became The First Black Female Swimmer to win Olympic gold. Since then, there has been little uptick in swimmers of color [SOC] at the elite level.
Like Dearing, Donta Katai of Zimbabwe is the first Black swimmer to represent her country. And at almost any meet at the international level, [SOC] are extremely rare. The U.S. team has only two black females, Manuel and Natalie Hinds.

Those familiar with the situation say the reasons for that shortage -- and the racism behind them -- run deep in history. ... The tenuous relationship between Black people and water goes back a long way. In the ERA of SEGREGATION in the United States [UK AND ZIMBABWE], Black swimmers were barred from [PUBLIC] pools [AND TOXIC BODIES OF OPEN WATER]; those that did permit [SOC] were often unsafe and neglected.
Accessibility to public pools is another barrier, King notes, and wealth inequality makes an often expensive sport like swimming [?!] inaccessible. She said the banning of the Soul Cap® "risks perpetuating the racist assumption that Black athletes don't belong in the sport of swimming."

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 64% of Black children do not know how to swim compared to 40% of white American children. Additionally, 79% of children in American families that earn less than $50,000 a year do not know how to swim.

She revealed at the trials that she had been diagnosed with burnout earlier this year, forcing her to stop training for a time after the coronavirus pandemic had already disrupted her Olympic preparations. She rallied at trials to qualify for the 50 free.
by Cat on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 04:07:48 PM EST
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