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INSIDE LABOUR | Lessons from the World Cup: No normal sport in an abnormal society

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Terry Bell.
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Just how much of an abnormal society we live in right now was underlined by the shenanigans surrounding the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, writes Terry Bell. 

There can be no normal sport in an abnormal society. This was a slogan that highlighted the gross abnormality of racial discrimination in apartheid sport. But it remains as valid today, in a global society where even more liberal nation states exhibit various levels of political and social hypocrisy as they pose as examples of democracy.

For example: What is normal about a world where enough food is produced to adequately feed everybody and where millions go hungry and many die daily of starvation? The level of hypocrisy also seems to scream out in the fact that, while the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, almost 60 million children of primary school age have no schools to go to.

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