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May 6. Understanding the world through sports

A couple of weeks ago, several powerful and rich soccer club owners in Europe, realized the hard way – while their Super League initiative collapsed, a couple of days after it was supposed to be born – that sports generate tremendous passion, among millions of people and strong links to identity. In that situation, fans and public opinion won against the power of money. 
This should not have come as a surprise. Sports are an extension of community and a show of national strength on an international stage. Sports and politics, as expressions of people’s interests and emotions, are connected.

The Olympics have always been political, starting in ancient Greece. In 1936, Hitler attempted to use the Olympics to show off his regime and its ideologies, but American Jesse Owens undermined his political statement by winning four gold medals. The next world autocrats, the communists, also tried to use sports triumphs as a form of validation. Cricket was brought to India by British sailors and survived colonialism, becoming a regional obsession and the launching pad for political careers. Today’s panel will explore several stories, significant for this deep connection between sports and politics, with stops in post-colonial France and its connections to Africa and multiculturalism, in contemporary South and East Asia as well as the Balkan conflicts of the 90s.

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-Dr. Muqtedar Khan | Professor, University of Delaware | U.S.
-Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Consultant, Writer and Historian | U.S.
-Haresh Deol | Editor, Twentytwo13 | Malaysia
-Dr. Loic Tregoures, Political Science Professor, Catholic University of Lille, France

This webinar is part of World Learning’s International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) —Virtual Together program, a series of virtual events, launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. 

The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network South-East Europe Hub and World Learning.