For this essay i will use the example of The Olympic Games, as the most politicaly controversial sports event of the year.
In reality the Olympic Games, in their own small way, do help promote peace. Proponents say the Olympics create international harmony because the Games are apolitical. But the Games aren't apolitical at all. Politics are inseparable from the Games, and nationalism is a big part of what has made the Olympics such a huge global success.
It was the France who gave the Games political significance for the first time. Pierre de Coubertin (French aristocrat, who founded modern Olympics 1892) - a patriot who saw international sport as a way of reviving France's grandeur