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2024February 2024Sports Business and CultureSports

Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Issued 4-Year Ban in Doping Scandal

Per RUSADA protocol, Valieva is unable to train or perform at state-sponsored facilities, which make up an overwhelming majority of rinks in the nation. The ban and a combination of other factors will likely mark the end of 17-year-old Valieva’s once-golden career.

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Pakistani Politicians and the Games They Play: The Role of Cricket in Pakistan’s Election

Pakistani political tensions have reached an all-time high after years of internal turmoil. However, a new controversial component to the nation’s electoral woes is at the heart of its current political dysfunction: cricket, the nation’s most beloved sport.

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February 2022FocusSports Geopolitics2022

FOCUS on Sports Geopolitics: The Olympics

Those who follow sports in some way will know that politics always get involved no matter how much fans wish otherwise. As has been shown this year, domestic and international politics have characterized the Olympic Games, as the most international and inherently political non-political event there is. With the 2022 Beijing games ongoing, it is worth remembering that the Olympics’ thrust into political spotlights isn’t new.

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February 2022FocusSports Geopolitics2022

FOCUS on Sports Geopolitics: Sportswashing

Saudi Arabia recently made headlines in the sporting world with its purchase of a stake in the English Premier League club Newcastle United as part of their Public Investment Fund, according to NPR. This fund, which is owned by the Saudi Arabian government, ended up purchasing an 80% stake of Newcastle United for 300 million pounds, the equivalent of $400 million. 

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February 2022FocusSports Geopolitics2022

FOCUS on Sports Geopolitics: The Qatar World Cup

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, an oil-rich Persian Gulf country eager to showcase its stadiums and landmarks as the first Arab nation to hold the tournament. Despite its wealthy aesthetic, human rights organizations and journalists have discovered via whistleblowers that Qatari authorities have overlooked human rights abuses of migrant workers brought to construct facilities for the event. 

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February 2022FocusSports Geopolitics2022

FOCUS on Sports Geopolitics: The Disappearance of Peng Shuai

In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai announced her retirement and retracted her sexual assault allegation against a high ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The interview marked Peng’s first contact with a foreign publication since posting her initial accusation against Zhang Gaoli on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.

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