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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 11 Issue: 1
(January 2013)


The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) disbanded the UCI Independent Commission (UCIIC) it set up to investigate allegations made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that the UCI was complicit in helping to cover up positive doping tests. "We have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the best way to examine the culture of doping in cycling", said UCI President Pat McQuaid in a 28 January press release1. / read more

FIFA is to hold a meeting in Zurich ahead of its March Executive Committee meeting to discuss planned reforms to the FIFA Players' Agents Regulations. Plans will be presented to regulate the use of intermediaries in any transfer and to use standard contracts defining the relationship between intermediaries and clubs, and between club and player. The reforms would annul FIFA's requirement that all agents involved in a player transfer must be licensed by a national association. / read more

The National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) has initiated a case against professional cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who has admitted doping throughout his 1998 to 2010 professional career in a confession to Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD). As Rasmussen was banned for two years in 2007 for test evasion, this second offence would ordinarily result in an eight-year ban. However, DIF and ADD will argue for a reduced two-year sanction under Article 10.5.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code, as he has provided ‘substantial assistance’ in helping to implicate others. / read more


When Lance Armstrong decided last year not to contest the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s evidence alleging 14 years of doping, it came as a shock to the anti-doping community. Kris Lines and Jon Heshka highlight that although Armstrong has ‘confessed’, there are aspects of USADA’s evidence that could become an issue should companies seek damages from Armstrong. / read more

Article 17 of the World Anti-Doping Code mandates that athletes can only be sanctioned for offences committed during the previous eight years, yet the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) charges against Lance Armstrong stretched back to 1998. USADA argued that by ‘fraudulently concealing’ his doping by lying under oath, Armstrong had suspended the eight-year statute of limitations. Paul J. Greene, an Attorney with Terry Garmey & Associates, examines whether the USADA was correct in its reasoning that Article 17 is ‘not absolute’ and if so, the implications that this will have for anti-doping proceedings. / read more

On 12 December, Advocate General Jääskinen recommended that the Court of Justice of the European Union dismiss claims from FIFA and UEFA against inclusion of all FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship games on lists of events reserved for free television in certain markets. Tom Burrows, an Associate in the Sports Group at Sheridans, examines the Opinion, the history of the case and its implications. / read more

One of the major challenges in tackling doping in sport is delivering the anti-doping message to athletes in so-called ‘less developed’ countries, where compliance with anti-doping regulations is compounded by issues with awareness, education and other more basic issues such as internet access. Jeff Lee, Senior Scientific Advisor to Mentor International, an anti-substance abuse organisation, explains how it is working with the International Olympic Committee and African national Olympic committees to tackle sports doping. / read more

We asked members of World Sports Law Report’s editorial board to highlight what they think will be the main sports law issues during 2013. In this article, they set out their responses. / read more

Football clubs typically only offer players very short playing contract extensions once they reach the age of 30 or if they are viewed as injury-prone. John Mehrzad, a Barrister at Littleton Chambers, explains how such policies are likely to amount to unlawful discrimination, entitling such players to uncapped compensation. / 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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