The Role Of Sports In Sports

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What is a boycott? Rothbard Murray defined the term “Boycott” in his book The Ethics of Liberty as a legal voluntary and persuasive action that people show in a specific action towards a specific decision or incident that they consider against their moral values. Hence, the boycotters decide to develop and express the attitude of refuting an idea by simply boycotting it. Together, the boycotters having the same purpose, they eventually express themselves and put some pressure on the targeted person, government or decision maker in order to reflect their feedback and show their opinions towards a specific issue that they find not proper. Boycotts can simply be seen when people refuse to buy certain products, dealing with persons, organizations…show more content…
Being so powerful and being watched by almost all the people around the globe, being as well strong in gathering the people together and affecting their emotions, politicians have decided to make use of this powerful tool in order to reach the people and convince them with their ideologies and to promote their regimes. As a result of that, sports has been effectively used a strong political tool. (Abraham Mark 2011) (3) Still, in the contemporary world, sports have turned into an immense industry and include global, financial and political characteristics. Therefore, the governmental issues are affecting sports on the basic financial and political aspects. (Mughal) (4) The use of sports in the modern age was introduced during the modern times by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics “USSR” seeing that this regime was the first to promote the communist ideology through sporting programs. In 1928, the USSR created their own type of Olympic games and called them the “Spartakiads” which revealed the support of the communist regime to its sports initiative. (Lin Yang) (5) When defined in sports, the boycotting of the Olympic Games was defined by Flavio de Almeida in his book “The Moscow Olympic Games Boycott” as the demonstrations that characterize the liaison between sport and political aspects.…show more content…
The first one was due to the issue of Suez in Egypt when it was invaded by Israel. As a result of the invasion, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon decided not to participate at the games. Nonetheless, due to invasion reasons as well, the second boycott was made by Spain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland when they decided to withdraw from the games following the invasion of Hungary by the Soviet Union. (39) o The consequences of the Soviet Union’s invasion were clearly seen at the 1956 games in the “Blood in the water match” as both countries’ teams were competing in a water polo match, the situation got worse and the politics conflict was witnessed in the swimming pool as both players have become violent and aggressive against each other. “I turned back and with a straight arm, he just smacked me in the face. He tried to punch me out.” This was Ervin Zador’s said to BBC when he got hit by a Russian player during the “Blood in the water match”. (40) • 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games: 25 African countries withdrew from the games as a way to show their objection and anger against New Zealand who went in a training tour to play matches in South Africa. While in that period, Africa was strongly suffering with apartheid in the Republic of South Africa.

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