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    Vegetarian Athletes 1913

    Vegetarian Athletes 1913

    Irish Times editorial about the possibility of a team of vegetarian athletes for the 1916 Berlin Olympics. The context here is first that there is an ongoing debate about whether vegetarianism is a positive dietary choice or whether such people are total crackpots. There was a body of vegetarian advocates in Dublin at the time, including Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, Rosamund Jacob and Margaret Cousins. In the Olympic context, the suggestion that there would be a vegetarian team, as opposed to the team of a nation state – which would be unthinkable now – was not that out of kilter. The IOC/nation ...

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