In turbulent times, sport diplomacy is more than a game

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While sport and politics don’t mix, sport and diplomacy have been mixing since time immemorial. From First Australians’ use of sport to avoid inter-tribal conflicts to the Truce of the Ancient Olympiad between 776BC to AD393, to the game of ping-pong that thawed the ice between Mao Ze­dong’s China and Richard Nixon’s America in 1971, sport transcends politics, eases tensions and unites strangers via a mutual love of games and physical pursuits.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Australian
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2022


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