Sports are more commonly becoming recognized as a vehicle to unifying the world. With the growing animosity and division between nations around the world, we wanted to highlight how sports hold power in bringing solidarity during tumultuous times. Through their talent and passion of sport, athletes are able to leave their political opinions off the sports fields to compete in games that they love.
The Olympics and World Cup tournaments are great examples of how sports can be much more than just spectacular sport events. They are movements and a step towards breaking the barriers between global stigmas and disputes between different cultures. Did you know that one of the Olympics key focuses is on gender quality and encouraging more women to pursue their enthusiasm in sport?
All 196 countries are invited to engage their sports teams in the Olympics, provided their athletes and teams qualify under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules and regulations. One of the main requirements is that the sport is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an Olympic sport. Worldwide there are 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), all which are encouraged to compete in the occasion regardless of any conflicts a country may be experiencing. As for the FIFA World Cup, 32 countries participated in 2018. The number of countries participating is a lot lower because the event is comprised of only soccer where the Olympics included 28 sports at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. This summer, the Tokyo Olympics will include a variety of 47 sports due to even more countries getting involved! Although not all countries competitively play all sports, the Olympics and FIFA World Cup bring excitement and celebration all over the world.
Sports bring hope that the world is capable of peace and provides an enjoyable experience for all that support it. Though it may not always be heeded the message behind global sporting competitions is a step in the right direction towards a more peaceful world.