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Soviet Sport and Soviet Foreign Policy

James Riordan
Soviet Studies , Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul., 1974), pp. 322-343
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.

Page 322
-sport politicized as a power struggle between east and west after WWII, became criticism in 1950’s
-sports social significance grew

Page 323
-USSR sport integrated into state policy
-many sport organizations are run by trade unions and supervised by a state department (Minister of Physical Culture and Sport)
-army clubs have teams (famous red army hockey team CSKA)
-army clubs open to non-service personnel

Page 326
-sports policy tied into socialist workers “unions”

Page 327
-World Youth Festival in 1973=20 000 foreign participants
-East called it a festival of unity and solidarity
-Brit press called it propaganda
-East claimed sport was a show of friendship

Page 333
-won Olympic gold
-took up hockey after WWII
-won worlds gold in 1954

Page 339
-Czechoslovakian coaches worked with Soviets

Sport as a Soviet Tool

John N. Washburn
Foreign Affairs , Vol. 34, No. 3 (Apr., 1956), pp. 490-499

Page 495
-30 unions operating sports clubs in USSR

Page 496
-Red Sport International (KSI) founded in 1921 to prep peasants for the class struggle
-also trained as agents

Page 497
-pre WWII best athletes got special things like food, accomadation etc

Page 498
-athletes like Bobrov (best hockey player in the 1950’s) would join army clubs
-cash bonus system for records (more for world)
-cash bonuses were not permitted at this time

Last updated: September 6, 2012

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