Sports are present very often in our political and international representations. As an example, think about the terrible confrontations at the Olympic Games between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War.
The same logic is available in the case of the new post-Cold War confrontations. But, beyond the national symbolism, there are situations when you have to think about battles of minds and confrontations of ideas. It is why I appreciated the remarks of the new world champion chess grandmaster, representative of the state of Israel: "Hopefully all our wars against Iran will be on the chess board".