The sports-politics connection

10/20/2008 | Financial Times (free content)

The people running countries seem to be bigger sports nuts than the average Joe, says Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper. The French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, was a synchronized swimmer, and Japan's new prime minister, Taro Aso, shot clay pigeons in the Olympics. Mostly, though, world leaders satisfy their sports urges by owning teams or becoming obsessed fans. "Washington, D.C., is often called 'Hollywood for ugly people,'" Kuper says. "But in fact it is more like Yankee Stadium for uncoordinated people."

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