Sports and National Identity Politics


Throughout history, sports have represented national identity and national identity politics. As a result, they can undermine hegemonic social relations.

In the late 19th century, sports merged with “patriot games,” which served as a vehicle for construction of national identity. During the 20th century, sports were re-marketed as sources of pleasure, prestige, and power. In addition, a variety of international social movements emerged.

In the 20th century, the rise of the global economy and cosmopolitan culture helped facilitate the globalization of sports. These developments led to the standardization of rules and the creation of national sports organizations. These organisations were established to represent their countries and promote national identities.

A number of universities have established centres for sports research. This enables a better understanding of sports. The socialization of youth into sports can have long-term effects on their character and relationships.

The formation of national identity through sport can be seen in the development of the Olympic Games. The Soviet Union and Hungary played an Olympic water-polo match. This was a victory for the country’s national identity. The Soviet Union subsequently ceased to exist in 1991. Its population was around 16 million.

After World War II, basketball became popular around the world. It was invented by James Naismith in 1891. It was meant to address the perceived need for indoor games during harsh New England winters.

As a result, athletes have to train systematically to achieve their physical maximum. As they improve, their passion for the sport continues to grow. This can cause burnout in some athletes.