Politics and Sport

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Politics and Sport

Since the early days of international sporting events the success of the team has affected the recognition and profile of the teams country.

International sporting events involve competitions of teams from different countries.

Hosting International Events.

When hosting an international event the organisers have to ask and answer satisfactorily some searching questions. These questions include:

  1. Are the facilities good enough?
  2. Where will the competitors stay?
  3. Have spectators got access to the competitions?
  4. How will the competition be funded?
  5. What are the security arrangements?

There a several advantages and disadvantages to hosting such a competition:

More and better sports facilities.The increased number of people visiting the area could cause major disruption to the everyday life of the local population.
Access transport and hotels improved.Finance to build new facilities may be taken from budgets destined for education and health.
Increased tourism and business. More jobs created for building facilities and staffing the events.Security to control crowds and prevent terrorist attacks is expensive.
It could help national unity.Extra staff may be unfamiliar with the city that may disrupt the organisation plans.

Politics in International and National Sport.

As can be seen from the above reading, sport and politics are often linked.

The Olympics and other international sporting events often become the targets for protests or are linked to some form of world politics.

This link between sport and politics is not always negative. Teams have been sent from one country to another to help restore diplomatic relations.

A marathon held in Berlin on New Years Day in 1990, followed a route through East and West Berlin, reflecting the unification of the country after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Political Attitudes.

In 1964, the Labour government made moves to raise the profile and importance of sport within the government.

Dennis Howell MP, became responsible for sport as part of the Ministry of Education and in 1997, he became the first minister for sport.

Most countries treat their successful sportspeople with considerable respect and some very special sportspeople in this country have been knighted for their services to sport.

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