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"Angola staged the Africa Cup of Nations


in 2010 while Botswana is hosting the 2014 Africa Youth Games. What's encouraging is that many of the African countries are also concentrated on developing sport domestically.It's important for emerging nations to realise that their ambition to play on the international stage should not ignore or be a substitute for parallel domestic development. A strong sports hinterland is a strong base for the successful staging of international events.”


Stadium diplomacy Casey adds that progress in Africa – and other parts of the world – has been


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The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games were a success as an event, although questions remain over the legacy aspect


helped a great deal by China's concerns over securing the resources it needs to feed its manufacturing industry. Most of the stadiums in Angola which hosted the Africa Cup of Nations were built using Chinese money. "And it isn't just Africa that China is interested in,"Casey adds. "Many of the Cricket World Cup stadia


in the West Indies were funded by Chinese money. One of the bids for the 2018


Commonwealth Games, Hambantota in Sri Lanka, significantly relied on the Chinese for its venues strategy." Casey predicts that China's impact will


only grow as it continues to invest not just in stadia but larger infrastructure projects to ensure the flow of resources. “What we are beginning to see is the


strong influence of China and some of the other BRIC countries – India in particular – playing a role in where major sporting events may take place. How this 'stadium diplomacy' works is that China will build venues in exchange for exclusive trade deals. The stadiums in Angola, for example, were built in return for mining rights, while


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