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Can sport save mankind?

The United Nations says yes. Well, kind of.

Image: ROSS SETFORD/AP/Press Association Images

WHEN THE SOUND of Amhrán na bhFiann blasted through the Excel Arena in London last summer and Katie Taylor stood with a gold medal around her neck, the problems weighing down Irish people seemed to lift momentarily.

Even if it was just for a split-second, the nation celebrated together. Worries about a recession, mass emigration and property tax calculations were forgotten as Irish people rejoiced in greatness. We praised dedication, welcomed heroism and wrote Katie’s name in our history books.

It didn’t matter that many of us don’t know a straight right from an upper cut, we could enjoy in the Wicklow woman’s achievements. Why? How? Because sport is powerful.

But just how powerful can it be?

According to this infographic, compiled with United Nations data, it can benefit humanity as a tool for health, education, development and peace.

And that’s not an exaggeration:

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(Source: Neomam Studios)

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