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How the World Cup in Qatar is kicking off a conversation about 'sportswashing'
Jules Boykoff is a former pro soccer player-turned-academic who has been writing about the phenomenon of "sportswashing" for years. He says countries vie to host major sports events like the World Cup because it's a proven method of legitimizing a spot on the world stage, increasing nationalism and sometimes even boosting military might. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about what Qatar – a country that has been criticized over its record on human rights for LGBTQ people, the environment and labour issues leading up to the World Cup – stands to gain from hosting.