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Sports diplomacy, American style

The US uses it to help repair troubled relationships with other countries and to introduce American culture to the world.

President Obama (centre) greeting players of the Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays team with President Castro standing beside him before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Cuban national team in Havana, in March.

THE US often uses sport as an instrument to normalise its diplomatic relationships. Within hours of the US and Cuba restoring relations in March this year, the US employed Baseball Diplomacy, signalling their shared passion. Yet, one of the most effective uses of sport in foreign affairs was the...

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