The topic for this month is "Do international sports foster cooperation or fuel competition?"
Sporting events have been associated with diplomacy and politics since at least the ancient Olympic games, 2,500 years ago. An essay on international football written in 1945 by a British commentator shows that for at least several generations, there has been disagreement as to whether these events bring nations together or separate them further. We'd like to discuss the place of sports in this highly globalized world, and what it tells us about the need to feel part of a particular group.
Please note there are two event listings for this meetup, as we'll have two groups meeting in different locations. This listing is for those who would like to attend at Gonpachi.
1) If this is your first time joining us, please note that Meetup's map for Gonpachi is incorrect! The correct location can be seen here on Google Maps. Also, information about Failte can be found at their webpage.
2) Though there is no charge for the meetup, please order at least a drink or a snack at Gonpachi as they have been kind enough to allow us to use their space without any charge.
3) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.
4) Please try to be on time. If you'll be more than 30 minutes late, please consider joining us at Failte.