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Should countries use sporting events to make political gestures?

Should countries use sporting events as a bargaining tool to try and make a political gesture? e.g. threatening to boycott China's Olympics over problems in Tibet, and Zimbabwe's cricket tour of England

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Yes, threatening to boycott something as financially lucrative as a sporting event sends a clear message.
45.18%
No, politics and sport should not mix. There are many other ways to put pressure on governments that should be looked at.
33.99%
It makes sense in some situations; for example an Olympic host should adhere to a certain moral code, but this would not apply to every sporting event.
20.82%

Should countries use sporting events as a bargaining tool to try and make a political gesture? e.g. threatening to boycott China�s Olympics over problems in Tibet, and Zimbabwe�s cricket tour of England.

 AnswerPercentageVotes
Total: 706
A.Yes, threatening to boycott something as financially lucrative as a sporting event sends a clear message.45.18 %319
B.No, politics and sport should not mix. There are many other ways to put pressure on governments that should be looked at.33.99 %240
C.It makes sense in some situations; for example an Olympic host should adhere to a certain moral code, but this would not apply to every sporting event.20.82 %147
Stats until: 01:58 Thu 25th Apr 2024 (Refreshed every 5 minutes)