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Volume 22  Number 2  •  Fall 2017
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Weaponization of Sports: The Battle for World Influence through Sporting Success
By Dennis C. Coates
This article appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of The Independent Review

The Soviet Union partially betrayed its Bolshevik principle of sport for all in order to focus on sports as a propaganda weapon in the battle for world influence. Nevertheless, the Soviet strategy helped expand opportunities for athletes around the world—especially for women athletes.

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