Contribution to: What role does sport play in the Basque Country´s international brand, identity and paradiplomacy? A unique Sports Diplomacy Dialogue

On 7th April 2022, I contributed to the following event:

A huge thank you to Imanol and Gavin for the opportunity to contribute. My 8 minute talk was badged as:

Disability and sports diplomacy

“Underpinned by previous experiences and ongoing research around Japan, Dr Postlethwaite will use Japan’s Sport for Tomorrow initiative to explore and illustrate opportunities to make sports diplomacy inclusive of para-sport”

During the 8 minute talk, I mentioned a number of sites and links, plus thank yous. This blog post is a summary of the talk and all of the references. Firstly, this presentation has been made possible due to a number of generous people and organisations, notably a huge thank you to SOAS University of London Japan Research Centre, the University of Worcester, Toin University of Yokohama and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. For people interested in gaining funding to research or travel to Japan then do check out the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – (London office – or the Japan Foundation – or opportunities through the Japan Society (UK) –

All images/quotes attributed to sources throughout my slides, most of points are taken evidence on the Sport for Tomorrow initiative:

Links and citations from the above slides:

I will be developing this research in the coming months at a series of events, including the following events at the University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University:

Sports diplomacy from PyeongChang 2018 to Gangwon 2024 –

The Commonwealth Games: A Roundtable Discussion –


This research builds on and brings together a number of publications and outputs (published and under review/in-press) I’ve been connected to, I will be blogging about these separately in due course.

Please do get in contact if you want to discuss or know more.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.