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The Best And Worst Of Rio 2016

Media Diversified

With the Olympics and Paralympics finally complete, some of the writers from Media Diversified’s Rio 2016 series look over the very best and worst of the past six weeks:


Shane Thomas writes the ‘Two Weeks Notice’ column at Media Diversified and is one half of The Greatest Events in Sporting History podcast. Twitter: @tokenbg

Best:

160822-olympics-ethiopia-protest-lilesa-gesture-0557_86ca07c76fa3c17a591afdca3ec836ed-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Feyisa Lilesa won the silver medal in the marathon, but of greater importance was the gesture he made as he crossed the line, crossing his arms in a symbol of solidarity with the Oromo and Amhara people of Ethiopia, and defiance against the government who are displacing them.

Not only did Lilesa help highlight an injustice that had hitherto escaped the attention of many in the West, but did so at a potentially grave loss. Lilesa has no plans to return home, explaining, “If I go back to Ethiopia, the government will kill…

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