January 19, 2011
Regarding ‘Sports policy could help build ‘European identity’‘:
Reading your interview with Laurent Thieule of the think-tank Sport and Citizenship reminds me of Reagan’s famous dictum:
The nine most dangerous words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.
Sport evolves organically. It is unique in creating a mini legal regime on the field of play, and as such is a refuge from government interference.
Sometimes sport is slow or downright ineffective in the way it addresses its own problems. Nevertheless, there seems to be no surer way of distorting sport than getting yet another huge international organisation involved.
Mr Thieule’s desire for sport to create a European identity sounds like social engineering of the worst kind. As a fan, I would ask him not to encourage state interference in something I love just for the sake of creating a political identity.
Private citizenAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor