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I have always thought that sports and politics should be kept as far apart as possible. When President Jimmy Carter decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics (which also lead in 4 years time to the USSR boycotting the L.A. Olympics) I strongly disagreed. International competition is one of the best ways for countries to see that people of different countries are not that different from themselves. It promotes world co-operation,and world peace. I am against any governments inteference with any type of sporting etc. event.
That is why i thought it was wrong for the USA State Department to send Bobby Fischer a telegram saying that his rematch in 1992 against Boris Spassky was a violation of a boycott which was in place against Yugoslavia. Whenever the terms of a boycott is written it should have a clause stating that this does not include international competitions. At the least someone with authority should had granted an exception for a chess match. No government should be able to ban any chess (or any other sport) match which has been agreed to by the competitors.
No doubt Fischer went off the deep end but in this case the government was wrong.
From a lawyer point of view, probably a boycott should include that sort of competition : because if you accept this, you will accept scientific congresses, if you accept scientific congresses you give access to some of your science, so why not to material resources, etc. I guess you can grant me that opening novelties are more or less the same as scientific discoveries.
From a chess player point of view - that's completely stupid.
Good luck with getting politics out of sports. I think there is a better chance of peace on earth
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