Already the ancient Greeks knew the peace-keeping function of their Olympic games and tried to politically enforce it. Meanwhile, in an even more complex global scenery, fit is much more difficult to enforce peace during international sport events today. Nevertheless, the silent effects of regularly happening subnational, national and international sport competitions obviously foster peace and civilization.In this process, not only enthusiasm and emotion up to fanatic behavior is associated with sports, but also a broad spectrum of nice every-day activities as well as cultural ways of processing sports. That’s why it has got a basis and frame of world-wide multi-dimensional communication, full of joy and wit, an essential potential of reducing racism and fostering respect of human activities. Hence sport deserves not only a place in our hearts. Since it fosters rule-binding, peace, and respect, we should foster it as much as possible - and work against its misuses by begging fraud and corruption..
Sports - a fascinatingrealm of bound governanceVolker von Prittwitz (July 15, 2014/June 08, 2016)
British press and many other observers tend to consider football (soccer) a kind of war. That association has not been completely wrong in the past: Before differentiating in rule-bound disciplines, football developed in unclearly mixed forms of quite violent battles between neighbourhoods (see Elias et al. 1978). And particularly young men prefer debauching in easily understandable and highly motivating manifestations of friend or foe - up to violent behavior of some so-called football fans.Whoever plays football or does any other sport, yet, knows very well that sport is no war. It’s fun, competition, and it is a free, intrinsic activity based on jointly accepted bonds. There may be no other field of human behavior that is characterized through emphatically rule-bound behavior as the realm of sports.
IPAInstitute for Political AnalysisProf. Dr. Volker von Prittwitz