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1 The established ruling body, for example, of a sport, which can legitimately exert power.

2 The power or right to control and judge the actions of others. This may be through the personal authority of a strong leader (charismatic authority); the established authority (known as traditional authority), for example, of governing bodies of individual sports which can impose and enforce their own rules and regulations; or legal authority, for example of the state.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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