Akshay Kumar, Gold, and the Case for Not Mixing Politics and Sports

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Akshay Kumar, Gold, and the Case for Not Mixing Politics and Sports

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n the night of June 21, as Switzerland’s Xerdan Shaqiri raced toward a stand full of Swiss and Serbian fans, he celebrated his crucial last-minute winning goal in the World Cup game by putting his hands together and forming the double eagle, a sign from the crest of the Kosovan flag. Shaqiri is from Kosovo, a province within the Republic of Serbia that declared independence from the country in 2008, and was relentlessly booed by the Serbian fans in the stands.

It’s a delicate situation to play against the country you were formerly a part of. The crest seemed to be the perfect middle finger to his opponents.

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