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date: 16 July 2019

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The long period of Communist rule in Russia and eastern Europe provided the foundation for the development of sport in the region and the competitive boost for international success, especially in the Olympic Games. Traditional Cold War narratives have provided a framework for understanding the growth of sport in the region. However, these can have a distorting effect by neglecting Soviet Russia’s early attempts to find an alternate path to international competition, minimizing eastern Europe’s important contributions to international sport, and failing to find a place for soccer, a sport that does not fit the model of ideological competition. The relative scarcity of published English-language research provides great opportunities for future research in numerous subjects, including the popularization of tennis, exporting coaching knowledge, sport as a surrogate for anti-Soviet feeling, as well as studies of sport, gender, and race in contemporary Russia and eastern Europe.

Keywords: Communism, Russia, eastern Europe, Cold War, Hungarian Golden Squad, Summit Series, post-Communist sport, KHL, Martina Navratilova

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