1 Law, like politics, has accompanied sports competition throughout history, and this law often has had a unique status. For example, the ancient Olympic Games relied on ad hoc officials—essentially judges—who were equipped with special sanctions to enforce both the rules of the game in a particular contest and the organizational rules of the Games as a whole. Notice to both the participating city-States and athletes of their obligations took the form of statutes called zanes dedicated to Zeus that were financed from fines imposed on city-States and placed as...
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