Edited by Michael Barry, James Skinner and Terry Engelberg
The great South African leader and amateur heavyweight boxer, Nelson Mandela, took sports seriously. He did so both for its own sake and as an instrument to achieve social justice in the era of apartheid. After he became President, he sought to employ sports as a means for unifying the races and projecting a progressive image of South Africa. But serious as he was about the role of sports, he famously observed that sport “laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” Discrimination in the sports arena is, of course, no laughing matter. It is one of the most serious issues of sports law. In recent years measures to combat discrimination in sports have been fundamental as the law has tried to keep pace with new issues and developments.
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