Is the 2018 FIFA World Cup carrying any political significance in Russia?
Professor of Political Economy at Wits University, Patrick Bond, says there are two major problems the sporting event is helping the world come to grips with.
One is the hostility to Vladimir Putin's Russia including the sanctions that the West, specifically the United States and Europe, have imposed after he invaded part of Ukraine in 2014. It seems very clear that he withstood those sanctions.— Patrick Bond, Professor of Political Economy at Wits University
The second is the rampant xenophobia and nationalism again especially with this terrible disease the United States is associated with - Donald Trump.— Patrick Bond, Professor of Political Economy at Wits University
Professor Bond says the 1936 Olympics was the most politically significant sporting event of all time.
Bond also talks about a "corrupt FIFA" and South Africa's "bribe" that the South African Football Association is still trying to recover from.
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