In 1875, the future Liberal Prime Minister H.H. Asquith went on a Reading Party with some friends to St Andrews and discovered the joys of golf, which he would play for the next half-century. At that time, as Roy Jenkins wrote in his biography of Asquith, golf was “so little developed that he and his modest-living student companions were able to hire the services of the British Open champion to carry their clubs” – that is, to act as caddie for one of them.
Like it or not, sport is intertwined with politics. Sportsmen who reject the link are shirking the responsibility that accompanies their money and fame.