Sport: Chariots of Litigation

For some, the road to Los Angeles runs through the courts

Instead of a stop watch, it takes a law degree to keep up with would-be Olympians these days. Last week in Los Angeles, two federal judges addressed cases brought by athletes who claimed that they were not being allowed to compete in their specialties because of discrimination both sexual and professional. In each case the court declined to second-guess the various athletic regulatory bodies that establish and, ever so slowly, change the rules. But the two suits have raised fears among Olympic officials...

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