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Simon Rofe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526131058

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526131058.001.0001

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Boycotts and diplomacy: when the talking stops*

Boycotts and diplomacy: when the talking stops*

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Sport and diplomacy
Carole Gomez
Manchester University Press

According to the IOC and FIFA, the independence of sport is one of the most sacrosanct principles. Proclaimed in the Olympic and FIFA Charters, the “autonomy” of sport has to be protected and preserved. Yet, in light of the financial dimension alone of sport, its separation from politics is in reality a myth. social stakes, sport has become a classic field of intervention for politics. In this light sport may be seen as an ideal way to sanction or punish a State that is considered unacceptable. The sports boycott then becomes a diplomatic tool to be wielded alongside other political tools. The chapter presents an conceptual understanding of boycotts and their place in global diplomacy as well as familiar examples of from the Cold War and more recently.

Keywords:   Boycotts, Sanctions, Olympic Games, South African Apartheid

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