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Sportswashing or sportwashing is the hosting of a sporting event, or owning of a team as a means for a country to improve its reputation, particularly if it has a poor record on human rights.

For example, Amnesty International's UK branch criticised the choice of Azerbaijan as host of the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final on the basis of its human rights violations, calling the hosting of the final an "attempt to sportswash its image".[1]


See also


  1. ^ "Amnesty: don't let Azerbaijan hide human rights abuses behind football". The Guardian. Press Association. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Bahrain's grim human rights violations are behind the glamour of the Grand Prix".
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  4. ^ "Explainer: Why human rights matter at the World Cup".
  5. ^ "France raises human rights concerns as Dakar Rally begins in Saudi Arabia". RFI. 5 January 2020.
  6. ^ "2016 Qatar MotoGP Wednesday Round Up: Oppressive Regimes, Muzzled Speech, and Unknown Quantities | | Kropotkin Thinks".
  7. ^ "End crackdown on critics ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix".
  8. ^ Explainers, Football (27 November 2018). "What is sportswashing?". Football Explainers.
  9. ^ Rondina, Steven. "BLAST Global Finals part of problematic Middle East esports push - CS:GO - News".
  10. ^ Juras, Marta. "The Nexus is Riot's first official tournament in the MENA region - LoL - News".
  11. ^ "BLAST announces controversial sponsorship with NEOM". Daily Esports. 30 July 2020.
  12. ^ Chalk, Andy (29 July 2020). "Riot scraps controversial LEC partnership with Saudi Arabia following fan backlash". PC Gamer.
  13. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (29 July 2020). "League of Legends' Saudi Arabian partnership criticized by Riot community". Polygon.
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