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The Olympics have always been political: A timeline

Despite the IOC insisting that the Olympics are 'politically neutral,' the Games have a long history of political events and protests, with the most recent being Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia and Lithuania diplomatically boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, left, stands on the podium as Americans Tommie Smith, centre, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists in a human rights protest. (AP Photo, File)

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