Social Justice Movements and the Neutrality of Sport: The Case for Re- defining the ‘no disrepute’ clause
(2021) 1 International Sports Law Review 4
7 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 12, 2021
The once sacred strict dichotomy between sport and social justice movements, grounded in the notion of neutrality, is gradually becoming blurred as athletes from various sporting disciplines are becoming increasingly vocal and involved in activities, both on and off the field, that call for a more egalitarian society. The challenge that many of these athletes continue to face, however, is the "no disrepute" or morality clause, a contractual undertaking which they have agreed to abide by. This article attempts to revisit the parameters of the no disrepute clause in light of growing calls for the sporting fraternity, as a microcosm of society, to not remain silent in the face of injustices. Essentially, the article calls for a redefinition of the no disrepute clause.
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