Sports Diplomacy News
03/01/2017 – 03/31/2017
- 03/21/2017 – Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the United States Office of Management and Budget, announced that the Trump Administration would rely on a hard-power budget, not a soft-power one. As a result, programs such as “Sport for Community”, “Empowering Women through Sports”, or “Live, Learn and Play” are put at risk. Educator Louis Bolling argues that “the American sport community must be prepared to vigilantly fight for and stake its claim.”
- 03/24/2017 – On March 24, Chinese Premier Li attended an Australian Football League (AFL) match in Australia. This visit follows an agreement signed between an Australian club and a Chinese real estate company, signed in 2016 in the presence of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Although commercial and economic opportunities are obvious, the enthusiasm of the AFL to promote the game in China, and the potential enthusiasm of the Chinese to learn more about the game and the country (the presence on Chinese social media has been reinforced) may lead to more positive links between the two countries.
- 03/27/2017 – Among strategies used by Kosovo to garner international recognition, sports diplomacy appears to be one of the most significant ones. The country was admitted as an official member by the International Olympic Committee in 2014, soon followed by FIFA and UEFA in 2016. According to the French scholar Loïc Trégourès, “participation in international sporting events is a symbolic way for a specific country to show evidence of its very existence.”
- 03/28/2017 – On March 28, approximately 60 girls aged 14-20 participated in a female field hockey event in Karachi, Pakistan. This event was held at the Old Consul General Residence and participants were welcomed by Consul General Grace Shelton. It is part of a year-long series of sports diplomacy events aiming to improve the situation of disadvantaged groups within the country.