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Does sports unite or divide people?

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In an often divided world, sports is a unique and important connective tissue that binds people together, both across and within societies. As we think about the forums that unite us as people, regardless of background or beliefs, it is hard to think of many as powerful as the stadiums we fill to cheer for our favourite teams and players, or the fields where we play together for pleasure and exercise.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/north-and-south-korea-have-shown-us-the-unifying-power-of-sport/
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The world is a fractured place. There’s conflict between countries all over the globe, and also conflict within countries as we become siloed with others who share our values and beliefs. Yet throughout history, people who otherwise have little in common have come together on neighbourhood pitches and in packed stadiums, as fans and as players, and put those differences aside for the sake of their teams.
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Does sports unite or divide people? Why do you say so?
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I would say sports unites us because even though you have the team rivalries, you still have more people that sit together in stadiums and pubs and watch games together drinking, talking and having a good time. It gives a lot of people a common ground to get together and do something fun.
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I personally believe it divides people. Politically, sociologically and biologically. We crazy humans are what we are.
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If you're rooting for the same team then it unites people but if you hate the other team, that is dividing people.
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If you’ve seen Invictus about how Nelson Mandela brought the country together through the soccer team. It’s just something I think of right away.
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Ultimately uniting, not only fandom-wise but in playing. They bring us together and make us look past differences to either root for a team or play as a team.
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I feel like it’s all in the perspective of the person. People can choose if they want to be united through sports or divided. The idea of a team is an awesome way of bringing people together, but then when you get into competition it can spoil the magic of teamwork. I think it’s a choice.
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Sports has the power to cross divides like no other form of entertainment. It speaks no language, has no race and no creed or culture. It can also unite people from different backgrounds, classes, ages and countries.
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It creates factions of supporters which generally results in division, this is from a less extreme perspective of course.
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Sports is a powerful tool that can be used to knit societies and people together. As we work towards achieving a global community of mutual respect and understanding, sports play an integral part in the achievement of this goal. Through sports programmes, we are uniting and inspiring athletes of tomorrow.
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Mob violence in Europe for soccer games is an example of how ugly divides show up now and then on the streets. But that is also with roots in alcohol, envy, geo-political backgrounds, borders, media, and religions too. Blame the economy. And never forget to blame the referees and officials too.
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I believe that fandom of specific teams is one of the reasons why a divide is present. For example, fans of one team can absolutely despise fans of a rival team strictly because of the rivalry.
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I believe that fandom of specific teams is one of the reasons why a divide is present. For example, fans of one team can absolutely despise fans of a rival team strictly because of the rivalry.
Die-hard fans are part of the game. But that makes the games exciting, right?
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Whether it is locally, nationally or worldwide we all come together to socialise and appreciate sport, as well as the enjoyment and excitement we get from it.
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