author={Bruce Kidd and Peter Donnelly},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  pages={131 - 148}
  • B. Kidd, P. Donnelly
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Education
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
This article, inspired by the activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, examines both the development and potential of human rights initiatives in sports. Following a general discussion of the development and status of human rights, we turn specifically to the issue of human rights in sports, both in terms of the human rights of athletes and in terms of a more basic right to participate in sport and physical activity. We provide examples of… 
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