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Sport and Foreign Policy

Sport and Foreign Policy

In this article, two perspectives are firstly discussed by the authors. On the one hand, the idea that sport and politics do not and should not mix; on the other hand, the idea that sport, along with culture and symbols, is marginalized from the power of politics. However, sport is just too popular and important to be isolated, and should be considered in any analysis of contemporary international relations. It does not remain untouched by political or moral considerations. Consequently, modern sporting events do influence politics and foreign policy, and are in turn influenced by them. The most prominent examples include the impact of sport competitions and global sport tourism on the environment, on the concepts of citizenship and national identity, on peace and development, on human rights and on the global economy. The authors also raise the issue of terrorism, and how it is linked to sporting events (especially focusing on the Munich Olympics).

Read full article: Jackson, SJ & Haigh, S 2008, “Between and beyond politics: Sport and foreign policy in a globalizing world”, Sport in Society, 11:4, pp. 349-358.

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