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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Sports Law

James AR Nafziger

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 July 2021

Subject(s):
Sustainable development — Extradition and mutual assistance — Regional co-operation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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