chapter  5
Fair play: historical anachronism or topical ideal?
BySigmund Loland
Pages 25

The close connection between sport and education is a recurring theme in the history of sport. From the practices of the ancient Greek gymnasium, through the rise of modern competitive sport in nineteenthcentury England, and up until today, sport has been considered an important element in the socialization of the young. However, as Peter McIntosh has shown, sport’s educational value, both in ancient and modern times, has been seen as depending upon sport being practised in a certain manner and with a certain attitude. (McIntosh, 1979, especially chapters 1-4 and chapter 9). The predominant ideal in modern sport is fair play.