At the World Cup and Olympics, Geopolitics Is a Feature, Not a Bug

At the World Cup and Olympics, Geopolitics Is a Feature, Not a Bug
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani speak before the 2022 World Cup draw, in Doha, Qatar, April 1, 2022 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).

From the outset of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, many observers have been quick to point to its downsides, from accusations of corruption in the host-country selection process to human rights concerns. But major sporting events like the World Cup and Olympic Games still offer unique opportunities for the host countries and the world.

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