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Anti-Bolsonaro outburst sparks free speech debate in Brazilian sport

One Brazilian athlete has the book thrown at her for criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro

volleyball player Carol Solberg
Volleyball player Carol Solberg. Photo: FIVB/FP

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, allegations of political censorship in Brazilian volleyball, as one athlete has the book thrown at her for criticizing President Bolsonaro. And, a legal victory for the families of the victims of a harrowing 2016 air disaster. That, and much more.

Political censorship in volleyball?

The matter of athletes’ right to express political opinions has taken center stage in Brazil this week, after sports justice prosecutors issued a complaint against beach volleyball player Carol Solberg, who criticized Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro during a live TV interview in mid-September.

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