Sport as a Peace Envoy: Captain Creed Firm Believer in International Competition to Promote Harmony, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-22


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I j SPORT AS A PEACE ENVOY Captain Creed Firm Believer in International Competition to Promote Harmony. NEW YORK, N. Y., Jan. 21. Among the visiting Englishmen who came to this country to write on international polo and the race between Zev and Papyrus was Captain Percy Redfern Creed. Captain Creed on many occasions voiced the belief that sport would bring England and the United States into closer sympathy than any amount of diplomacy or peace conferences. Speaking recently at Worcester, Mass., Captain Creed said: "There can be no peace on earth or good will, or the settled conditions on which trade and commerce, the lifeblood of humanity, depend until a settlement is reached based on fair play for all and a sporting chance for the under dog. It is up to the sportsmen of the world to get together and to infuse into the public opinion of the world and of their own countries the spirit and freemasonry of sportsmanship, for in this spirit lies the only hope of man. No real sportsman was ever a bad Christian. "And it is up to America to lead the way. She holds the Yachting Cup, the Polo Cup, the International Horse Racing Cup, and most of the championships in games and athletics. She is the largest country. She is the biggest nation. A gesture from the sportsmen of America would have far-reaching and immediate reactions. But the gesture must not come only from the privileged and rich few. There are just as good sportsmen among the as among the millionaires. Let the coal miners of Pennsylvania challenge the pitmen of Durham in England to meet in friendly rivalry at every sport and game in which both are interested. Boxing, whippet racing, pigeon flying, soccer football or whatever the sports may be in which they both take part. Let the workingmen sportsmen of the United States and England get together, make friends and gain the mutual understanding and respect born of a healthy competition, in which the mask, the finesse and the ulterior motive cf the politician have no place. The Durham pitmen wont wait to be asked twice. Nor will they ask anyone to help them with finance. They are real men and sportsmen to a man."

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