Sport is a well-known and powerful tool for fostering peace, understanding, and international discussion because it disregards both socioeconomic classes and geographic boundaries. In various geographical, cultural, and political situations, sports exert a considerable influence as a supporter of social integration and economic progress. Sports are the tools for diplomacy in the way it connects people to people and nation to nation.
The Olympic Games are the first and maybe best example of sport diplomacy. Since the Olympic Games were first held in Ancient Greece, there has been a history of the Olympic Truce to secure the safety of athletes and spectators traveling to the Games during times of war. This tradition encourages people to set aside their differences and work together internationally.
Between 2014-2019, the European Union’s Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports evaluated the potential of sport in EU diplomacy as: “Sport can and should play a role regarding different aspects of the EU external relations: as an element of external assistance programmes, as an element of dialogue with partner countries, as a facilitator of the EU’s and its Member States’ relations with the wider world, and as a part of the EU’s diplomacy.”
In Australia in 2019, the Australian Government launched their Sport Diplomacy 2030 initiative, which stated: “Sports Diplomacy 2030 envisages closer collaboration between the Australian sports codes, industry and government to leverage the nation’s sporting excellence in ways that enhance Australia’s influence and reputation and advance our national interests.
|Sport Diplomacy of Vietnam
|Mrs. Le Thi Hoang Yen – VSA Deputy Director
|Vietnam – Hungary Cooperation for Sports Development
|Mr. Aron Balazs, Head of Culture and Education, Embassy of Hungary to Vietnam
|Panel discussion, Q&A
|Moderator: Dr. Le Thu Mach – WLS
|Tea break – Networking
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Vietnam and sports diplomacy: SEA games 2022
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