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The Friendship Games: Where basketball and diplomacy meet

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 25 / 17

O n the second day of the 12th annual Friendship Games, dozens of attendees from around the world boarded a yacht and set sail on the Red Sea. Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians rode banana boats together, Russians danced with Ukrainians and L...

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