Role Of Sports In Nation Building

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Extensive research has been done on the role of sports in nation building and its ability to positively affect a nation and catalyze the unification of its people under a common goal, thus increasing the strength and unity of the country.
“Sport is a universal language. At its best it can bring people together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status.” Commonwealth Sports Correspondent, Alisha Lewis (2012) included this quote by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Anaan in her research where she found sport to be an effective tool for nation building due to its widespread popularity all around the world. In her findings, Lewis (2012) attributed sport’s role in nation building to its unique ability to go beyond national, political, cultural and socio-economic limitations and barriers. By analysing the very nature of sport, she found that the social success of sports amongst people was due to the social nature of sport itself: bringing coaches, players, spectators and volunteers around the world together under a common goal. Lewis’s (2012) research explained that this common goal creates a bond between diverse masses that breaks down cultural barriers in a nation and then builds that nation through the unification of its previously scattered people. Through her research of the UN’s National Development Goals, Lewis (2012) also found that sports based initiatives implemented by the government helped to address major aspects in the

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