Essay 11 – International sporting occasions are essential in easing international tension

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 11

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

To what extent do you agree with the following statement?

Popular events like the Football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tension and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer 1: (Agree)
International sporting tournaments bring nations together, reduce cultural barriers and foster patriotism among people and thus have immense importance in maintaining global peace. Major football or cricket competitions and the Olympics events and people’s spontaneous participation in these performances definitely outline the need for such events. I believe that it has an unfathomable impact on maintaining global harmony while giving us reasons to show our love for our country.

To commence with, close door summits like the UN conference and EU summits are often political and people have no way to participate or enjoy them. The decision made at such meetings are often controversial. Thus global sporting events open ways for nations to come closer and show their devotion to their countries. Such events are highly entertaining in one hand and are the only platform where competitors perform in a friendly manner, on the other hand. The whole nation relies on their best sportsmen and athletes to bring fame and glory. Moreover, the world knows about countries that they have never heard of. For instance, most of the small South Asian countries are known to British or Australians for their performance in cricket competitions, not for other achievements.

Moreover, when people around the globe travel to a country to enjoy a sporting event, they learn more about the host country and many misconceptions and cultural barriers get eliminated. This is undeniably a great way to banish hatred, racism and class division. On top of that, when a country participates in a big sporting event, the whole country forget its political, religious, economic and social divisions and cheer at a common platform. Perhaps no other event in the world can bring the whole nation together the way sporting events can.

To conclude, the world is already in turmoil with discriminations, wars, political instabilities and sporting events can act as a remedy by offering peace, joy and a universal platform for all.


Model Answer 2: (Disagree)
Ultra-nationalism is a risky prescription and according to many, international tension and conflicts are stemmed from it. In many circles, it is argued that popular events, such as the Football World Cup and other international sporting occasions, are of crucial importance in pacifying global stress and evoking mild patriotic sentiment. To my way of thinking, it does not seem it promotes international harmony.

Popular sporting events fuel the flames of ultra-nationalism. That is to say that these occasions evoke intense national spirits and people, many a time, are maddened by crude jingoism. In consequence, the playground may translate into a battleground. Flush with the national pride, two nations may wage a war against each other. El Salvador and Honduras, for instance, went to war arose from the qualifying matches for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. The war took hundreds of lives, thousands of people were maimed and wounded, hundreds of thousands of people rendered homeless. The popular football event, thus, started a war.

Likewise, solidarity with a team leads spectators to consider opposing teams as the enemy and it boosts hostility toward opposing supporters. As a result, the supporters of the opposing team are turned out to be the antagonist. The burning fuel of hostility ends up in conflicts.

To conclude, popular sporting occasions usually exhilarate intense nationalism, which in turn lights the fire of hostility. Besides, many media deteriorate the situation igniting warmongering. All things considered, it seems reasonable to conclude that international sports competitions are unable to curb global tensions and conflicts, let alone nurturing peace.

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