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Popular pubic reaction implied that boxing must be a new Olympic sport for women and people seemed to know little if anything about the history of women’s boxing that stretches back to the eighteenth century in many parts of the world, although in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries prize fighting would be a more accurate description of the activity which often took place at fair grounds and exhibition halls in Europe. When boxing became one of the Olympic sports at the third modern Olympics in St Louis in 1904, women’s boxing was a displayed event, a brief moment in the twentieth-century Games.

In order to participate in a chariot race you had to have horses. Ownership of horses was indication of aristocratic status. This is supported by inscriptions, for example, of the royal status of the charioteer Cynisca whose inscription at Olympia records that ‘I Cynisca, won a victory with my swift running horses and set up this statue. I claim that I am the only woman to have won this crown’ (ibid: 162). Lefkowitz and Fant point out that the wording suggests that she owned the horses, which clearly signifies her aristocratic status.

The NOCs are responsible for governing the selection and development of the teams that represent their nation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paralympics: new sets of rules The Paralympics were not developed until well after the establishment of the modern Games. Their origins too belong to a particular historical moment when a number of factors combined to create the possibility of such a sporting competition. Militarism, heroic masculinities and embodied sporting practices combine to generate new organisations Regulatory Frameworks 27 and practices in the Paralympics too.

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