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‘Sportswashing’, back in focus

  • Published
    12th Oct, 2021

GS-II: International Relations

  • Important International Institutions

Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of Newcastle has recently brought ‘sportswashing’ back in focus.

  • Buying Newcastle, investing in the club and the city and building a reputation of wealth leading to newer opportunities is an attempt to distract from Saudi Arabia state’s poor human rights record.

Prelims question:

Which of the following statements best describe the term ‘Sportswashing’, seen in news recently?

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Mains Question:

Define ‘Sportswashing’ and critically evaluate the role of international sports in furthering the foreign policy objectives of a nation. (150 Words)


  • Introduce by defining sportswashing.
  • Enumerate how sporting events are used by countries to further their foreign policies
  • Enumerate the negative impact on country
  • Conclusion

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