Lester B. Pearson Worried
The 1958 article quotes Pearson as saying "sports teams sent abroad, to Russia for instance, could do a lot of good, but they could also do a lot of harm."
"When a sport becomes an aspect of national policy and prestige, I think we should send our best men - both as sports and as players."
Pearson was also against subsidizing sports teams on such trips.
Pearson made the comments while moderating a Ottawa Citizen newspaper forum on sport. Five years later he became one of the most celebrated Prime Ministers of Canada.