Journalist, consultant & historian working across global sport & sports diplomacy 🇫🇷 & global ⚽️ 🏀. Author "The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010." http://bit.ly/MakingOfLesBleus
Sport can promote diplomacy, even between kindred democracies.
For more than a century, different types of sports diplomacy have fostered stronger relations between the United States and its oldest ally, France.
Although the cultural endeavors of food, fashion, or film drive public consciousness of citizen interactions, the French and American sports story hides in plain sight. Today sports serve as one of the more democratic milieus in both societies, thus sports diplomacy between these two ...
It isn’t every day that the NBA comes to France. The Chicago Bulls’ clash against the Detroit Pistons is the second time the league is coming to Paris. The country represents a crucial pool of talent for the NBA, which now has all eyes on Africa where it's hoping to develop the sport. Dr Lindsay Krasnoff speaks to James Vasina, providing insight based on the research for her latest book, "Basketball Empire".
On the 28th of April, Sport&EU’s board member, Aashika Doshi led and chaired a discussionon sport diplomacy’s influence to address inequality. The discussion explored the multi-dimensional nature of sport diplomacy and creating layers of influence. Governments utilisesport diplomacy thoughtfully to craft and align themselves with positive sporting values that are diplomatically far-reaching (Murray, 2011). However, sport diplomacy has socio-political impacts. These impacts occur through creat...
Interview with Dr Lindsay Sarah KRASNOFF /ON FRANCE AND THE NBA GLOBAL GAMES
In January 2020, Paris hosted its first National Basketball Association (NBA) global game.
How sports diplomacy can empower female leadership in sports.
As the second season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) nears its halfways point, all eyes will soon be upon Kigali, where the league will hold its culminating playoffs in May. The league’s return to Rwanda’s 10,000-seat Kigali Arena is significant; it is where this historic initiative– the first professional pan-African sports league– got its start last May in the midst of the global pandemic. The BAL’s return marks another triumph for Rwanda’s sports diplomacy strategy.
(CNN)This week's news that 20-year-old English football player Mason Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman raises the question of whether the young star will be treated with kid gloves by the football industry, as many other high-profile athletes have been in the past.
Two-time Olympian Tessa Worley, France’s best hope for a medal in women’s alpine skiing, is ready for this year’s Winter Games in China despite the uncertainty that surrounds the new course in Xiaohaituo.
Thirty years ago, U.S. women flexed their athletic might at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, the first post-Cold War Olympics, when they took home all five of the United States’ gold medals. Since then, several transformative athletes emerged to take the recognition and participation of women’s alpine skiing to new heights, inspiring the next generation of rising stars: Picabo Street, Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, and now, Mikaela Shiffrin.
On Tuesday, the world’s top-ranked women’s basketball team, the United States, will play its first Olympic group phase game in Tokyo. But the team’s toughest group phase game is likely to come Aug. 2 against fifth-ranked France.The French team, Les Bleues, is intimately acquainted with the style, tactics and hoops culture of the Americans thanks to nearly half of the Olympic team having played in the United States.
Italy showed resilience and mental focus to become European champions. Lessons from the locker rooms can set us all on the road to victory.
The United States has a heritage of athlete political and civic engagement. American athletes’ civil rights advocacy, a decades-old phenomenon, rose to international attention in the 1960s. Olympic track stars Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Wyomia Tyus, NBA champions Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, tennis aces Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King, and boxing great Muhammad Ali are among those known for their protests. Today they’re considered trailblazers but at the time they suffered conse...
Now, the hard work begins. For the past four years, the retreat of U.S. leadership in diplomacy, the immigration ban, withdrawal from the Paris Accords, cavalier attitude toward the COVID-19 pandemic, and much more has diminished the country’s overseas image to historic lows. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, only 41% of Britons, 31% of French, and 26% of Germans view the United States favorably. Moreover, U.S. soft power, the ability to be liked, to persuade, and to lead is al...