The Intersection of Sports and Politics

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Throughout history sports have been the arena where pure skill has carried the day. Whether it is an individual sport or a team sport the politics that separate us have generally dissipated. There are notable exceptions such as the Munich Olympics of 1972 where the nastiness of hate reared its ugly head. There are also positive examples such as Jesse Owens' victory in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the tyranny of the Nazis. This is a prelude to a recent disturbing development in the world of tennis.

Yesterday the United Arab Emirates denied the Visa of a qualified player who was slated to participate in the Barclays Dubai tournament because she is Israeli. In recent years Dubai has attempted to enter the world arena as a place of premier everything, sports, music, entertainment, etc. This exposes a nasty undercurrent of both racism and anti-semitism that perseveres. Shahar Peer, ranked 45th in the world, was slated to participate along with all of the top 10 ranked female players in the world. The reaction from the tennis world to this shameful event was swift and decisive. Click HERE to read the entire article I wrote on Athletic Alley on this unacceptable behavior.


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Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

I have been sitting here starring at the comment box...I am truly speechless. Being Jewish,nothing surprises me. I just still get crazy when it is so blatant!!! Thanks for putting it out for the masses to see.

Happy Wednesday!!


P.S. Love your sports blog!!

Feb 18, 2009 06:25 AM #1
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

It is shameless that this behavior continues in this day and age. I am of Native American descent and my people were virtually wiped out and nobody seems to care, so nothing really surprises me anymore. It is sad to see how far we have come globally this is still a huge problem. There are still plenty of bigots and hate filled people in the world. There has to be something we can all do to further influence people that hate is NOT the way.

Feb 18, 2009 08:16 AM #2
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Lori - I think one of the first steps in combating such ignorance is making sure that its very existence is known. Things can't hide in the light. Thanks for the compliment on Athletic Alley (we are always looking for quality sports writers)!

Betina - It is shameful how the "settlers" and "pioneers" treated the Native Americans. I think that with all the UAE is doing to try to be a progressive global center, the awareness that this is the official stance of the government is important for anyone who might be looking to invest, vacation, or perform there. Political and economic pressure is an alley to redress this and other unacceptable policies.

Feb 18, 2009 08:34 AM #3
Sean Dreznin
NAI Tampa Bay - Sarasota, FL
Commercial Investment Real Estate Agent


Thanks 4 drawing attention to this on Activerain.  

There are so many athletes that break barriers put in place and there is always a place and a time to make a stand.  I hope some of those athletes stand up for what is right soon.

Some others include Arthur Ashe, The Williams Sisters, Tiger, Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson (The boxer), Shawn Green, etc...

Feb 18, 2009 12:10 PM #4
Ted Komenda
Dunhill Group - Osterville, MA

Thanks for taking your time to blog about this incredibly serious situation.  I will be very interested to see how the sports community as a whole responds to the egregious act.  I hope that Dubai ends up losing some of the major stars it is trying to woo in their direction.  Wouldn't it be nice if next year tiger decided not to play their or the whole womens tennis tour....


Feb 19, 2009 01:59 AM #5
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Sean - From the safe passage of Olympic athletes in ancient Greece up to today, sports has transcended politics to allow all those qualified to compete to do so. Many of the world's greatest athletes and entertainers have been lured to Dubai in recent years either truly unaware or conveniently unaware of that government's policy.

Ted - Awareness followed by action is the key to effecting change.

Feb 19, 2009 06:12 AM #6
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

I read this article and at the time I thought that maybe every player should have packed their gear and left.

Feb 20, 2009 05:33 AM #7
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Terry - I think there is a strong message when athletes support each other through the type of action you suggest.

Feb 20, 2009 01:23 PM #8
Mike Manns
B4 U Close Home Inspections - Jackson, TN
Jackson Madison Co. Home Inspector

Good to hear this again sometimes sports leads the way.

Feb 21, 2009 02:51 PM #9
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Mike - I agree. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Feb 22, 2009 02:19 AM #10
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