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Ian Buruma on how the supposed apolitical nature of sports has been a boon for despots. - Project Syndicate

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"Even as FIFA, the world football association, or the International Olympic Committee insist that they are above politics, their grand events are politically exploited by all kinds of regimes, some of them less than savory. As a result, sport becomes political. And the more FIFA and the IOC protest their political innocence, the better it is for regimes that use international sporting events for their own ends."

Politics cannot help itself -- it goes wherever there is perceived power.

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