Any man, woman or child who proclaims him or herself to be a sports fan takes great pride in doing so. We choose sports, teams, and players to idolize and identify with to bolster up as our heroes and role models. This is often a decision driven by the shared qualities we recognize between our heroes and ourselves, like a certain attitude, a physical appearance, a set of values, or a history of success and excellence. In some cases it is a history of failure and shortcomings that help us relate to an athlete or team.
As the Olympic torch is being relayed around the globe, there has been a rise of activism and protests targeting China’s domestic and foreign policies. With the 2008 Summer Olympic Games approaching, China has been under scrutiny for its oppressive rule over Tibet as well as for indirectly funding the genocide in Darfur.