After Ping Pong Diplomacy, now it is Jersey Diplomacy by Kazakhstan

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After Ping Pong Diplomacy, now it is Jersey Diplomacy by Kazakhstan

President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, receiving the jersey from acting Kazakh diplomat, Ilyas Omarov (left), on the occasion of the Diplomatic Service Day on July 2 that was also celebrated as the World Sports Journalists Day.

By Amjad Aziz Malik, Secretary-General, AIPS Asia
NUR SULTAN (Kazakhstan), July 16, 2020: On July 2, Kazakh diplomats celebrate their professional holiday - the Diplomatic Service Day. In a quaint way, the professional holiday of Kazakh diplomats coincides with the World Sports Journalists Day, which has been celebrated around the globe since 1995.
This makes us recall the ancient postulate that ‘Sport is the Ambassador of Peace’. One of the modern types of diplomacy is the so-called “Jersey Diplomacy”, when heads of high-ranking foreign delegations exchange jerseys or T-shirts of famous local sports clubs.
In Kazakhstan, this idea was supported by the leaders of the Sports Press Association (AIPS) and acting diplomat Ilyas Omarov. Presidents of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Finland Sauli Niinistö, President of the 72nd UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák, Member of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Héctor Timerman, Canada John Baird, Hungary Péter Szijjártó, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek, and his compatriot Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek, are among those accepted as honorary members of the Barys Hockey Club or the Astana Football Club.
FIFA President Giovanni Infantino received the jersey of the major clubs FC Kairat and FC Astana at the February AIPS congress in Budapest.
This list, according to Kazakh diplomats, will be extended even further.
 
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President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, receiving the jersey from acting Kazakh diplomat, Ilyas Omarov (left), on the occasion of the Diplomatic Service Day on July 2 that was also celebrated as the World Sports Journalists Day.