Fifa’s Suspension of Russia Is a Rarity – But One That Strips Bare the Idea That Sport Can Be Apolitical

March 3, 2022

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Presented by The Conversation

FIFA doesn’t usually punish teams for the actions of the country’s government so their recent suspension of Russia from international competition is seen as a break with tradition. Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management at the School of Kinesiology, provides a brief history of FIFA and international conflict. Syzmanski highlights these exceptional circumstances, the concept of the “Olympic truce,” and his belief in the need for a consensus about ethical standards and participation.

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