Sporting Revolution in Syria
In September 2012, several Syrian athletes decided to distance themselves from the current regime in their country, forming the Free Syrian Athlete’s Union. Most of them were already involved in public demonstrations against the civil war occuring in Syria, but they took a step further as they announced a restructuration of their movement in Doha, Qatar. Their goal is to gain regional and international recognition as they want to become the sole legitimate representative of Syrian sport. This new movement also aims to avoid a potential vacuum in this field if Al-Assad’s regime collapses and to raise this issue with ministers of Youth and Sports in other Arab countries.
Whether this move will prove successful or not will probably depend on the political evolution of the region in the next few months. This is just a particular case, but it shows once again the strong desire of the Syrian people for change. It also highlights the potential impact of sports on political issues. As part of a broader social mobilization, sports can certainly support the ongoing revolution in Syria.
More information: http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/19/sporting-revolution/