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. ISPI is a program of U.S. Department of State's Sports Diplomacy division. The series aims to engage the sports community globally, to creatively problem solve, share digital tools and work together, follow health guidance, and continue to promote active, healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally throughout this crisis. Additional modules related to these objectives are being developed and will be announced.
The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network South-East Europe Hub and World Learning.