Sports Diplomacy News
02/01/2017 – 02/28/2017
- 02/07/2017 – The authors of this article regret the decision of the Scottish authorities to cut the sport budget. According to them, Scotland should follow the Australian example, where a sports diplomacy strategy has been set up. Sports diplomacy can give the country greater influence, a sort of soft power that can also strengthen old and new relationships, and attract trade, tourists and publics. It could be used as an effective channel to enhance trust and mutual understanding.
- 02/15/2017 – On the occasion of the National Sport Day, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the importance of sports as a key tool of public diplomacy. According to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, it now importantly complements the job done by official diplomacy. The program Vision 2030 also seeks to build a mentally and physically-healthy society in order to promote sustainable development at the national level.
- 02/17/2017 – Following the visa ban for citizens of 7 majority Muslim countries, issued by U.S. President Trump on January 27, the Iranian government vowed reciprocation. As a result, the U.S. wrestling team started to wonder if they could take part in the Freestyle World Cup Championship in the Islamic Republic. However, after the courts struck down Trump’s decree, all athletes have been warmly welcomed by both the authorities and the fans. This adds another episode to the long story of sports diplomacy between the two countries, and wrestling is an important element; in fact, wrestlers were the first U.S. team to travel to Iran since the Revolution in 1979.
- 02/18/2017 – In Zimbabwe, a country that is less used to be under the spotlight, the Ministry of Sport and Recreation has decided to organize a workshop on sports diplomacy, a meeting expected to be attended by many journalists. Since journalists are considered as a vital partner in the state’s development projects, the idea is to “reach a consensus on the good of sports in the country”.