Cities and sports diplomacy: How sports unlock city diplomacy

Thursday, April 8, 2021

12 p.m. 1:30 p.m. PT


Since the time of Ancient Greece, the Olympics have brought together athletes from cities around the Mediterranean. As this summer’s rescheduled Olympic Games draw near, Tokyo prepares to host Olympiads from across the globe. On April 8, USC Center on Public Diplomacy will host a timely discussion on the role of sports in city diplomacy. This conversation will look at how sports diplomacy can provide a unique avenue for engagement for cities looking to build and expand their diplomatic footprint.

Speakers include:

  • Erin Bromaghim, Director, Olympic and Paralympic Development, Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles
  • Janis Burke, CEO, Houston Sports Authority
  • Edward Elliott, Director, (moderator)
  • Vanessa Ibarra, Director, International Affairs, Mayor’s Office, City of Atlanta
  • Jay Wang, Director, Center for Public Diplomacy (CPD), University of Southern California