OPINION | Russia's Ukraine invasion debunks notion that politics can be divorced from sport

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Players FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli with a banner that reads 'Stop War' prior to the UEFA Europa League match. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Players FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli with a banner that reads 'Stop War' prior to the UEFA Europa League match. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The turbulent political times that have engulfed the world after Russia's Ukraine invasion show that, once again, politics and sport cannot be divorced and that the game can be a force for good. The wish is that this was the same for other socio-political scourges, such as discrimination.

The obvious declaration to begin an opinion piece of this sort is to say outright that one does not endorse conflict of any sort, least of all the kind involving Russia and Ukraine.

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