Sports for good and cultural diplomacy is more relevant than ever before, particularly as we face rising populism and xenophobia.
The ancient Greeks understood that sport can be utilized as an instrument of diplomacy, at regional, national, and international levels, with the link between sport and peace traced back to the ancient Olympic Games.
Major sporting events allow players, officials, and supporters from different countries to come together, sparking greater acceptance of common values of cultures. Open cultural dialogue provides unity and diversity.
“Sports have long been identified as a way to heal wounds and mend fences,” Mamadou Tangara
Key takeaways & next steps:
The universality of sports should be leveraged to create more unity and diversity.