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The Question: If all the countries in the world were organized into a sports league, which sport should be chosen? (Asked at the Dominican Republic World's Fair for Peace and Brotherhood of the Free World.)

June 04, 1956
June 04, 1956

Table of Contents
June 4, 1956

Spectacle
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Preview
Baseball
Acknowledgments
Sea Test
Horse Racing
Dogs
The Outdoor Week
The Sporting Look
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

The Question: If all the countries in the world were organized into a sports league, which sport should be chosen? (Asked at the Dominican Republic World's Fair for Peace and Brotherhood of the Free World.)

WILLIAM T. PHEIFFER
U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic
More countries would be able and disposed to compete at tennis because, of all the universal sports, tennis most nearly lends itself to mass participation in virtually every country of the world. By way of simile, it may be said that the tennis net covers the world.

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MARQUES DE MERRY DEL VAL
Spanish Ambassador to Dominican Republic
The sport must be one that creates tremendous excitement. Golf is played universally, but that would not do. It's too quiet. I think baseball is the game. Our people have played baseball only a short time. Even so, Spain won the European championship in 1955.

COUNT ALBERTO BARBARICH
Italian Ambassador to Dominican Republic
I believe that most nations would prefer to compete against each other in soccer. This game is played everywhere and it attracts great crowds. My guess is that a winter sport would be the second choice and tennis would be a good third choice for universal competition.

ANGEL ALAMO IBARRA
Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominican Republic
Baseball, because it is the national sport of the U.S. All the countries would want to compete with your country in its national pastime. It would be a challenge and we love baseball, too. We have most excellent players like Alfonso Carrasquel of the Cleveland Indians.

LI CHAO
Nationalist China Ambassador to Dominican Republic
Basketball. The game, which Americans originated, has spread all over the world. It is played everywhere in—Nationalist China. Our best team toured the U.S. and Latin American countries last year. Height may be a problem for us, but we can make up for it with speed.

DR. GUENTHER REINHARD
West German Ambassador to Dominican Republic
Either some form of football, perhaps soccer, baseball or tennis. Personally, I would prefer tennis, a very skillful game, but it does not lend itself to huge crowds. Soccer and baseball do. In Europe, we are becoming more and more skillful playing baseball.

LIEUT. GEN. WILLIAM K. HARRISON
U.S. Army
Commander-in-Chief
Caribbean Command
Of course I can't be sure, but I suspect it will be some form of football. The game might well be a combination of American football and soccer. Newspapers report that 48 nations, including Russia, will compete for the 1958 world soccer championship in Sweden.

MORLEY B. BURSEY
Chargé d'Affaires
Canadian Embassy
Dominican Republic
Golf. It's certainly the most played game in the whole world. It's also better known and understood by more people than any other sport. As a team sport it can be highly competitive. Furthermore, golf is a game that would help create international good will.

THOMAS C. RAVENSDALE
British Ambassador to Dominican Republic
Soccer, undoubtedly. Unlike baseball, this game is played in every country. Not only does it draw tremendous crowds, sometimes in excess of 100,000, but it creates great drama. A partisan crowd has been known to burn down a stadium when its team lost.

HARRY SCOTT
Canadian Ambassador to Cuba
I'm inclined to say soccer, but I'm not too sure. It could be hockey. I base my judgment on the tremendous hockey rivalry in the Olympics which Russia won and which received most publicity. The American colleges are competing more and more in hockey and are making it a major sport.

PRINCE DIMITRI DJORDJADZE
Asst. Gen. Manager
International hotel chain
Horse racing would be my choice. The sport is international. It has more fans in every country than any other sport. Horse racing has been a universal sport since the beginning of civilization. It used to be known as "The Sport of Kings." Now it's the king of sports.

MANUEL A. DE MOYA
Dominican Republic
Secretary of State without portfolio
If in the various countries baseball were to be played, this sport would have, because of its immense popularity, the preference for such wide competition. The strong and deep emotions its followers experience make them feel that they are a part of the game themselves.

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