Sport unites us with other nations they say

Sport unites people around the world when we come together to enjoy a good game whether of football, tennis, athletics or anything. People have said international competitions improve understanding and friendships between nations. Unfortunately, however, rivalry in sport can turn into real hostility and damage international relations.

Sport unites us as a nation perhaps?

Even if we don’t build friendships with other nations through sport, does it not bring us together as a nation?  Can we not get behind our national team or a national champion?  Sometimes we do. We have supported hopefuls and good losers at times when Britain, or England, never won anything, except the Boat Race.

Sport unites some of us perhaps?

The Euros may have united us for a time. However, many of us were united in our condemnation of unsportsmanlike behaviour by some fans (notably not by players) against other teams and their fans. Now we are united in our condemnation of unsportsmanlike behaviour to certain footballers who failed to score when we needed them to. They are only human.

Does sport reveal our real disunity?

The players most vilified at present are all black. Is that a coincidence? Is the hostility to foreign teams a sign of hostility to all foreigners? Are the divisions of Brexit still with us? Some people blame politicians or the press for encouraging our divisions, but we must all play our part in building bridges.

Are our divisions unprecedented?

We have experienced divisions in the past. I have written before about the similarities between our present time and the seventeenth century and I think you may find my novel Blood and Secrets more relevant than you might expect.

The cover picture of Blood and Secrets about a young man struggling with divisions in and around him.

BATTLE OF EDGEHILL, 1642.
Prince Rupert in combat at the Battle of Edgehill, 23 October 1642. Painting, c1900, by Harry Payne, (1858-1927). The cover picture of Blood and Secrets about a young man struggling with divisions in and around him.

For more about Blood and Secrets see my post.  I hope you read the book and enjoy it for all sorts of reasons, but its relevance is one.