Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 9, No 1 (2016)

The Role of Sports in International Relations

Fuat Boyacioğlu, Ahmet Gürsel Oğuz


The sport became and continue to be  a major sanction tool in international relations in a positive way. By its increasing effects it is one of the most important cases from the past century to nowadays. The sportive competitions executed previously by a very small minority has  influence almost all the world before the Olympic Games, and then other organizations (especially football). The sport has become even a phenomena more widespread than the facts  such as the democracy, the free market, and even the freedom.

The sport has been a decisive instrument  in national and international politics. As a global phenomenon it has  the  popularity due to the governmental socio-economic conditions of communities. It takes place  in the consumption phenomenon accelerated by the globalization. The politically bipolar world was considered as  a world based on competition between two camps which  have established the culture, art, sports, literature, technology, military and policy. In fact  the sport in that period played a significant role in the test  of power and competition between the two poles in an  environment  without war, because athletic competitions mean the war of which the results are not death. The economic effects of the globalization also show itself in the sports industry.


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