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The MANET Lecture Hall discussed the role of sport in international relations

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On August 12, within the framework of the MANE Lecture Hall project (MANE - Youth Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia), an educational seminar on the topic "Sports Diplomacy" was held.


On International Youth Day, young people of the continent met with Eurasian athletes and leading experts in the sports industry live.

The event was attended by Diana Al-Shaer, master of sports, member of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, co-chairman of the Coordinating Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Youth Assembly, adviser on international relations of the Palestine Equestrian Federation Sports, and Anna Subbotina, Advisor to the Executive Director of the Russian Union of Martial Arts on international issues.

The experts told the participants of the online meeting about the role of sports in the lives of young people, the impact of sports events on the development of international relations, sports management and opportunities to participate in organizing and holding major sports events as organizers, participants and volunteers.

Diana Al-Shaer entered sports diplomacy through sports, representing Russia and then Palestine in international equestrian competitions. According to the expert, speaking about sports diplomacy, it is necessary to pay attention to such aspects as the humanitarian mission of sports and the impact of the sports component on the image of the country. Today, together with UN structures, the largest sports organizations, including the International Equestrian Federation, are implementing a number of projects aimed at providing humanitarian assistance and financial support to developing countries.

“If we look at the history of major international events, we will see that sport has been a very effective tool of public and public diplomacy for many years. Sport, first of all, has a creative function. The greatest strength of sport lies in the fact that it brings together a large number of people regardless of nationality, religion and other aspects. Sport is a great tool for public diplomacy. There are cases in the history of international relations when countries were able to stabilize their relations thanks to sports,” Diana Al-Shaer said.

In the 21st century, the term sports diplomacy began to be used more and more often, in many educational institutions of Eurasia, specialized programs and faculties of sports management appeared. At the same time, in a number of European countries, for example, in Germany and France, funds are annually allocated at the state level for the development of projects in the field of sports diplomacy. However, this trend is fully justified, because sport has a tremendous impact on public opinion. According to recent studies, the country's sporting success is becoming one of the determining factors of its image in the international arena. Holding a large-scale sporting event is an opportunity to show oneself from the best side.

According to Anna Subbotina, the country's regions play a key role in the development of sports diplomacy in Russia. For example, major events are often held in Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok. At the same time, today sports events are becoming strategically important venues for positioning the potential of the region, developing a dialogue between representatives of different countries, strengthening interstate ties and business contacts. Cultural events and social gatherings have become an integral part of the sporting events programmes.

“In 2014, the Eastern Economic Forum was held in Vladivostok and the Russian Union of Martial Arts was honored to participate in the organization of the cultural program. Sports diplomacy is multifaceted, and professional development requires knowledge in the field of management, protocol, history and politics, as well as such qualities as communication skills, openness and, of course, love for one's work. My journey into the world of sports began with participation as a volunteer in the organization of one of the major sports forums “Russia is a sports power”. I want to note the incredible experience and emotions that this practice gave me. Volunteering made me understand that I want to continue working in the sports industry,” Anna Subbotina said.

At the end of the round table, the experts wished the young specialists creative and professional success in their chosen specialty and agreed to meet again live.

The Eurasian Youth Assembly brings together young people from the countries of the continent through public diplomacy. Students, leaders of public organizations and active young people can assamblei" target="_blank">become part of the MANE youth asset and contribute to the implementation of international projects in the field of sports, culture, education and science.

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