Racism, Mental Health- Athletes find their voice

After missing a single press conference because she wanted to prioritize her mental health, Naomi Osaka was pushed back with a hefty fine as well as possible future consequences.

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, had tweeted in support of Naomi Osaka, “Mental health is not a joke, this is real and serious. This takes a lot of courage to do.”

After Peng Shuai, tennis player, posted on social media about her sexual assault by former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli, WTA decided to withdraw from all activities in China.

Azeem Rafiq, an Englishman of Pakistani origin, spoke up about the racism, harrassment and bullying he faced during his time playing for Yorkshire.

Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah received racist abuse from the stand at Sydney Cricket Ground. Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane said that “it is not acceptable at all.”

Virat Kohli took a stand for Mohammad Shami when he suffered communal abuse after India’s 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

Indian Hockey player, Vandana Kataria was subjected to casteist remarks after the Indian team’s semifinal exit in Tokyo. The act was lambasted as “shameful” by Rani Rampal.