Sports diplomacy

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Introduction: The interplay between sport, international relations and diplomacy is a long, complex and fascinating one. Like music or art, sport is a universal language that can transcend acrimonious diplomatic relationships, offer high profile pathways for dialogue beyond the negotiating table and, idealistically, unite disparate nations and their publics through a mutual affection for physical exercise, competition and games. As Nelson Mandela (2000) noted: sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE handbook of diplomacy
EditorsCostas M Constantinou, Pauline Kerr, Paul Sharp
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom, United States
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781446298565
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Murray, S. (2016). Sports diplomacy. In C. M. Constantinou, P. Kerr, & P. Sharp (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of diplomacy (pp. 617-627). SAGE Publications Ltd.