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Just what was said: Quotes from prime ministers and presidents on sports

October 09, 2013 - 4:58 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded in on the subject of hockey violence Tuesday. Here are some comments from political figures, including Harper, who have given their views on sports:

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"I do think that authorities have historically not taken their responsibility to try and keep the rough, tough part of the game within the rules." _ Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking Tuesday on violence in hockey.

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"I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things.'' — U.S. President Barack Obama speaking to The Associated Press this month about the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins football team.

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"What happens on the field influences what happens off the field. You see children as young as six imitating the behaviour they see on the field. So this is not just important for football, it's important for the whole country." — British Prime Minister David Cameron in February 2012 on the societal benefits of eliminating racism in professional soccer.

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"They have cleaned up the sport to the point, at least in my view, where it is not human cockfighting any more. I think they've made significant progress. They haven't made me a fan, but they have made progress." — U.S. Sen. John McCain to National Public Radio in August 2007 on the Ultimate Fighting Championship's efforts to impose rules and curb violence in its popular Mixed Martial Arts fights.

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"The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message _ that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now." — Former U.S. president George W. Bush during the 2004 State of the Union address.

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