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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 3
(March 2012)


Athletes, governments and the public have petitioned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and London 2012 to end Dow Chemical's relationship with the Olympic movement. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 1 March that fixture lists can be eligible for copyright protection under Article 3 of the Database Directive (96/9/EC), as long as the author of the fixture list expresses 'originality' in using labour and skill to arrange the data contained within it. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is working on a smart phone application version of its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) that will allow athletes to upload 'whereabouts' and other information from their mobile phones. / read more


This is the second instalment of a four part article examining sporting fraud, the measures adopted to deal with the issue and the further measures that could be considered. Part 1 identified the different types of sporting fraud and the perpetrators involved. In this second instalment, Mike Morgan and Stacey Shevill, of Squire Sanders, outline the extent of the problem faced by reference to recent occurrences of sporting fraud. / read more

A number of recent doping cases have involved players ingesting products which they had no idea contained substances prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Code. Matthew Barnes, an Associate with Brabners Chaffe Street, examines approaches that can be taken when an athlete unwittingly ingests a contaminated product and how athlete support personnel can find themselves liable in such situations. / read more

Stuart Kemp, WADA's Senior Manager Standards & Harmonisation, traces the evolution of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) - a key element in the worldwide fight against doping in sport - and looks at recent enhancements to the 'whereabouts' requirements. / read more

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber retrospectively banned FC Sion from registering players for 'two next entire and consecutive registration periods' from 16 April 2009 for inducing Essam El-Hadary to breach his contract. FC Sion signed six players during summer 2011 as it thought the ban had been served. UEFA expelled FC Sion from the Europa League on 2 September after being informed by FIFA that the transfer ban remained. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld UEFA's ban on FC Sion on 14 December 2011, publishing its reasoning on 1 February this year. Ian Blackshaw, a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, examines whether FC Sion has a case for further appeal. / read more

Spanish doping regulations have recently come under the spotlight due to the Alberto Contador case and subsequent amendments to Spanish legislation in order to ensure that the country complies with the World Anti-Doping Code. Ricardo Gentzsch, an Abogado with Schiller Abogados, examines the international history of anti-doping regulation, a short case history of Spanish doping, the background to reforming Spanish legislation, doping laboratory activity in Spain as well as recent and planned anti-doping legislation. / read more

About World Sports Advocate

The monthly law publication providing guidance on all aspects of sports law, including licensing and sports data, anti-doping and doping sanctions, TV and broadcasting rights, sport technology, players agents, disciplinary measures, sports integrity, sports betting, player contracts, intellectual property, transfer regulations, sports sponsorship and marketing, and governance, as well as coverage of key legal cases, sporting regulations and governing bodies including the IOC, UEFA and FIFA and sporting events such as London 2012. / read more

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