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Sports as an Instrument of Foreign Policy Pursuit: A Case of Nigeria

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Over the years, sports have been used in the global world to integrate people of various cultures and have also been used as a unifying force to connect culturally diverse people. Sports, on the other hand, have also been used to drive the economic interests of state actors, since investments in the sports industry are worth billions of U.S. dollars. The size of the contemporary sports arena makes it a priority for state actors to use the instruments of foreign policy to promote their national interests. This paper therefore explores the sport and how it was used by state actors as a weapon to achieve their foreign policy objectives. The paper relied on a qualitative knowledge gauging process. The paper shows that the sporting arena is also a real space for the interplay of state interests. The paper advises that the condition of Nigeria needs to.
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  • Department of Political Science, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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