The day-to-day workings of Palestinian life in exile, unlike that inside Israel, have obviously been distributed unevenly between the host country, the international apparatus for dealing with refugee operations, and the Palestinians themselves.  Their [Palestinians] lives [in exile] have been made unbearable because they have no roots where they are now. Their horizons are formed by international agencies like the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), by refugee camps in one or another Arab country, by their immediate (and widely differing) circumstances. From the late sixties, then, Palestinians encountered the triple problem raised by their dispersion: their aspiration to self-determination, absence of a secure and possible territorial base, and the need to set up a Palestinian authority which if possible would not get involved in struggles with the local authority. 
Prior to 1993, most of social-athletic in the Diaspora were under PLO's control. This included clubs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip some of which were funded by Fatah. The focus on the West Bank as the center of political activity also contributed to the decline of the PLO. Many Palestinian refugees, especially those who had been displaced in 1948, began to believe that the PLO no longer represented their interests.  This included sports, for lately, many Palestinians in the diaspora believe that they are marginalized when the West Bank became the center of sports activities.