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Are the Olympics anti-democracy?

Are the Olympics anti-democracy?

Can the Olympics and democracy co-exist?

It's a question being asked again this summer after Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beyond the fact that the International Olympic Committee put the biggest event in winter sports in a smog-ridden megalopolis without any real snow, people are concerned about China's demonstrated record of human rights violations during the last games it hosted, the 2008 Summer Olympics.

But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) didn't actually have a democratic option. The only challenger to Beijing was...