Politics and Sport

Sport comprSport and politics have often become inextricably linked. There are numerous high profile historical examples of this ranging from South African sport being boycotted during the apartheid era, Jesse Owens winning in front of Adolf Hitler and Mohammed Ali being banned from boxing due to his refusal to join the US Army. Political issues around sport most often come to light in World Cup and Olympic years, where questions are often raised about the funding of events and whether they are a priority for the nations hosting versus broader pressures on public services.

In this snapshot we look into past and present examples of when sport interfered with politics and the other way round.

Oli Winton is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting in London.

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