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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 15 Issue: 7
(July 2017)


New research that will form part of the evidence that the International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’) is preparing in support of its currently suspended Hyperandrogenism Regulations, entitled ‘Serum androgen levels and their relation to performance in track and field: mass spectrometry results from 2127 observations in male and female elite athletes,’ in the case currently pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) between athlete Dutee Chand and the Athletics Federation of India and the IAAF, was published on 3 July 2017 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. / read more

The Football Association (‘The FA’) announced that it has ended its four-year commercial partnership with Ladbrokes Coral on 22 June 2017, confirming that it has agreed to end all sponsorships with betting companies starting from the end of the 2016-17 season, following a three-month review of The FA’s approach to betting sponsorship as a governing body responsible for the regulation of sports betting within football. / read more


On the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, bookmakers in Russia have received a pleasant gift from the Government - they are now allowed to advertise during the broadcast of sporting events and on websites devoted to sport. Large scale advertising campaigns began in May, with the most effective period starting during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. However, everything has to come at a price - gambling operators accepting bets are now obliged to enter into agreements and make special payments to national sports federations and professional sports leagues in order to raise money for professional, youth and children’s sport in Russia. Mikhail Prokopets and Ilya Chicherov of SILA International Lawyers Company discuss the legal changes, the possible benefits and the concerns raised. / read more

Following the human rights commitments made by four of the major sports governing bodies, John Morrison, Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, provides insight into the work being carried out by the Institute for Human Rights and Business in order to place human rights at the centre of mega-sporting events. / read more

On 8 June 2017, the American cereal manufacturer Kellogg Company (‘Kellogg’s’) which owns the ‘Special K’ trade mark in Australia, and professional tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis, hit the headlines due to a local trade mark dispute over commercial use of Kokkinakis’ nickname ‘Special K.’ In this article, Richard Millington, Partner and Sports Practice Lead at Shoosmiths LLP, and Jon Elphick, Tax Director at Mark Davies & Associates, consider the implications of such legal action being taken, and how the commercial side of sports law may develop as brands clash with sport stars. / read more

World Sports Advocate speaks to Paolo Lombardi, Managing Director of Lombardi Associates, about the Edinburgh Sports Conference on Integrity in Football, which is being held on 7 and 8 September 2017 in Edinburgh. Lombardi Associates is co-organising the conference and here Paolo shares his personal experiences of working in the industry, the inspiration behind the conference and the topical issues that will be debated. World Sports Advocate is proud to be a media partner of the conference. / read more

Dr Gregory Ioannidis, Senior Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University, Academic Associate at Kings Chambers, Member of the World Sports Advocate Editorial Board and a sports lawyer with internationally recognised expertise in anti-doping litigation, argues in this article for the criminalisation of doping as a positive step towards the elimination of the doping problem. / read more

Technology is becoming an increasingly integral part of sport. From betting to performance analysis, injury prevention and coaching, innovations in wearable technology have allowed a huge amount of new data to be gathered about athletes. This new ground is yet to be clearly regulated, however. Brian Socolow and Ieuan Jolly, of Loeb & Loeb LLP, study how sports bodies are utilising sports data and the data privacy risks that come with exploiting it. / read more

Hair strand testing provides a useful additional tool in identifying the misuse of illicit drugs in sport. It may also provide greater certainty in anti-doping testing as it provides a longer window of detection than blood and urine tests. The world of sports governance will find useful guidance in the application of hair strand test results from the Family Court of England and Wales. In the arena of child protection, these courts routinely order scientific testing of biological material of parents with a history of substance misuse. Sporting authorities would benefit from the learning established in these court disputes, particularly as to interpretation of scientific results, as Mark Twomey QC, Barrister at Coram Chambers, explains. / 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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