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Sports as Pleasure and Contest

1. Since the nineteenth century, the term ‘sports’ (from ‘disport’; ‘to amuse oneself.’ ‘to frolic’)—to busy the body by play, and in pleasure, but, at the same time, in fair competition, and according to strict rules—has become an umbrella concept for all ki…

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Lützenkirchen, H. Georg, “Sports”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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