international cooperation and dialogue through sport

  • International Sport in the Struggle for Political Cooperation

    Author: Michał Marcin Kobierecki
    Institution: University of Łódź (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2014
    Source: Show
    Pages: 311–330
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2014018
    PDF: ppsy/43/ppsy2014018.pdf

    Political significance of sport is usually bound with international rivalry and conflict. However, sport tends to have a role in fostering international dialogue and cooperation as well. The aim of the article is to present the most important examples of this role of international sport. There is a number of examples verifying the hypothesis about consensual role of sport in international politics. Despite political signifi cance, sport is not purely a part of the world of politics. This situation grants sport with an advantage in possibility of establishing international cooperation. Some actions that could seem completely impossible concerning political reality, turned out to be possible in sport. Sports contacts can pave the way for a further, political agreements. For instance a number of specific ‘sports diplomacies’ have taken place, that were used by some countries in order to enhance their capabilities of impacting the international political system.

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