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wjbc t1_j2bjd4d wrote

It's the same reason Qatar spent a lot of money to host the World Cup: sports diplomacy. Sports transcends national boundaries, and by getting involved in sports a wealthy nation can attract attention to its country, allowing it to put its culture on display and increase its global presence and influence.


Dreizahn t1_j2bm62o wrote

There is even a term for it: sportswashing. It's like a huge image campaign for them so they are less associated with executions and human rights violations and more with goals, birdies and stuff.

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Nostonica t1_j2c2c1h wrote

They've got the money and want to pivot aggressively to been a tourist destination.

They're also a bunch of nuff nuffs and will throw things at expensive