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‘A slap in the face:’ Are the Olympics racist?

By France24
07 July 2021   |   4:29 pm
We take a look at the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. We also discuss how the press is covering the debate over making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory. We then see how some papers feel the Olympics can be racist toward Black athletes. Finally, we look at the outrage over female Ukrainian soldiers having to march in high heels.

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