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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 1
(January 2016)


The WADA Independent Commission appointed to investigate allegations of systemic doping in international athletics presented the second part of its report on 14 January at a press conference in Munich. The Commission concluded that the recent cases of doping, fraud, bribery and extortion in international athletics were not the result of a few isolated individuals, but a scheme organised by the highest authorities in the sport. The Commission’s findings were reported to Interpol, and international arrest warrants against former International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’) officials and advisors have been issued. / read more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport released its decision on 11 January to uphold the World Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal against the Australian Football League (‘AFL’) Anti-Doping Tribunal and determined that 34 current and former Essendon FC (‘EFC’) players had breached the AFL’s Doping Code. As a consequence, the players were handed two year ineligibility bans, and having regard to the time served under provisional suspension, this will result in the players missing the 2016 AFL season. / read more

On 14 January Cricket South Africa (‘CSA’) confirmed it has opened proceedings under its Anti-Corruption Code against former professional cricketer Gulam Bodi. The press release follows the news of instances of corruption involving several cricketers that participated in the Ram Slam Twenty20 tournament. / read more


With the Rio 2016 Olympics due to take place this year, athletes will be fighting for their chance to join their national team over the coming months. Some will succeed. Others will not. Those who are unsuccessful will have the right to challenge their non-selection by legal means. Legal challenges are increasing with a number of notable examples before the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In that context, it is almost inevitable that there will be a number of high-profile selection challenges over the next year. Edward Wheen, Partner at Hewitson Moorhead and John Mehrzad, Barrister at Littleton Chambers, discuss the alternatives that may assist athletes in the potential challenge of a selection decision ad portas for the 2016 summer Olympics. / read more

A recent arbitral decision may have paved the way for clubs to challenge the current classification of Scholars and youth football players in the context of training compensation with consequences that may be of particular importance for clubs around the world. Carol Couse, Sports Law Consultant, and Tiran Gunawardena, Sports Law Executive, from Mills & Reeve LLP, review this award and raise relevant questions on its context and future significance. / read more

Cricket, India’s most popular sport has been recently involved in serious investigations which have uncovered disreputable practices by the organisation’s chiefs and leaders. The Indian Supreme Court reacted appointing the Lodha Committee to impose sanctions and review the state of the sport in the country. In this first installment of a two part article, Amrut Joshi, Founder of GameChanger Law Advisors and member of the World Sports Law Report editorial board, discusses the events that led to the incorporation of the Lodha Committee, the task it was assigned and the reasons why the recommendations issued by this Committee may prove invaluable to the reform of Indian cricket. / read more

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens, ‘CBP’) published a report on 11 November after an investigation into the Nike+ Running app. The CBP found several violations of data protection law, according to its nearly hundred-page report. The report is interesting in that it provides insight into when personal data constitutes personal data concerning health, as Sofie van der Meulen and Erik Vollebregt of Axon Lawyers explain. / read more

FIFA has enacted regulations promoting the incorporation of national sports-related courts to settle domestic disputes, following the structure of the FIFA Player’s Status Committee. However, the mandate that established a statutory obligation to be fulfilled by all national associations has not been fully complied with by some. César Giraldo, Sports Law Partner at GHER & Asociados Abogados, discusses the situation in Colombia and raises questions regarding the impartiality of the existing football resolution courts in the country. / 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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