Sport as a Tool of Building Political Alliances: The Case of the Games of New Emerging Forces (GANEFO)
Kobierecki, Michał Marcin
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The article investigates the issue of sports diplomacy pursued in order to build political alliance. The research is a case study concerning an attempt to bring the non-aligned countries closer through Games of New Emerging Forces (GANEFO). The aim of the research is to answer a question whether GANEFO was in fact an attempt to create a political alliance. This initiative was developed by communist China and Indonesia, therefore the research also referred to their political motivations concerning the event. This allowed to test a hypothesis stating that GANEFO was a simultaneous effect of independent sports diplomacies pursued by Beijing and Jakarta, even though they have cooperated.
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