Moving the sand: how the wave of sports laundry is changing the world

Sports laundry

From elite-level golf to the 2022 World Cup final, Middle Eastern oil money is changing the parameters of world sport like never before, despite activists ’best efforts to draw attention to the often brutal reality behind the curtain. Will the weight of the cash alone be enough to fool enough people all the time?

When Phil Mickelson picked up the phone to a reporter last November, the American golfer spoke with a frankness he had rarely heard from top sports stars. This is perhaps surprising, as the theme was the proposed LIV Golf tour, a breakaway golf competition supported by the state of Saudi Arabia, which has caused great controversy in the sport.

Mickelson is said to have found himself as a public lightning rod for this feat. So, golf writer Alan Shipnuck, …

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