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The Chinese ping-pong team visits Africa in 1962
Amanda Shuman

council contacted the Chinese Foreign Ministry, via its embassy in Beijing, to ask for a ping-pong delegation to be sent to Ghana in May or June of that year.45 Ghana had joined the ITTF in 1961 and was one of only two African nations to send a delegation to the World Championships in Beijing where, according to official results, the players lost every match.46 The request made in 1962 asked for five players (three male and two female) and for a coach who would then remain in Ghana for a year, all expenses paid, to help train the national team for the upcoming first Pan-African

in Sport and diplomacy
A case study of South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup
Suzanne Dowse

Africa does not possess the soft power resources of appealing and legitimately perceived power, values and moral authority required for consensual hegemony.12 To complicate matters further, the country’s foreign policy ambitions are also frustrated by tensions between regional and international priorities which reduce progress at both levels.13 Such tensions include, for example, the difficulties inherent in balancing Western normative expectations concerning free market liberal capitalism and democracy with pan-African interests and implementation capabilities.14

in Sport and diplomacy