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ARTICLE in FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE raises useful issues on SPORTS and POLITICS!

This article is in Foreign Policy magazine and it raises how sports usually is not a good vehicle for diplomacy:

This should hardly come as a surprise. While International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials and diplomats the world over sing the praises of sporting diplomacy, the idea that athletics can break down barriers and advance peace is more myth than fact.

I agree, too.  But the article raises the effect of sports imperialism – without calling it that – in its thesis.

Here’s MY thesis:  The pro athletes in the Olympic Games limit the nations that can contend for a medal.  EVERY one of the men’s hockey teams have at least one NHL player.  I already discussed for example that Brazil has a ice hockey team.  How can they compete with NHL players?  It favors those nations large enough or rich enough to have a pro league in their nation.  That is unfair and violates what the Olympics is supposed to stand for.  It’s sports imperialism.  Since the USOC and NBC won’t object for momentary reasons, that’s why NOT ONE DIME for the USOC.  Give the money to curling or some other sport or some Olympic hopeful in your community!

Enjoy the Games – may USA win curling gold on both sides!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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