Publication | When did sports become political – or is the DPR Korea an Exception

“The most common criticism is that by playing hockey in the DPRK, we are willing participants in a propaganda machine that bolsters the regimes grip on power. This accusation rests on two erroneous assumptions. First, that playing a sport in a given country represents an implicit endorsement of the policies of the relevant authorities in that state. In a different context, few would feel comfortable making the same argument. A game of lacrosse in Denver has little to do with the invasion of Iraq, likewise a football match in Canada says nothing about its treatment of indigenous Canadians. Second, that by watching foreign athletes compete, a spectator’s worldview somehow narrows. As many citizens of the former Soviet Union will attest, the opposite is a more likely result. A further point to note is that athletes from the DPRK have competed in no fewer than 18 Olympics and hundreds of regional competitions. It appears that most sporting organizations, including the IOC, recognize the same values we claim to champion.”

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