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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 7
(July 2008)


The European Commission has clarified that EU Member States can implement restrictions on the employment of athletes arriving from 'third countries' despite treaties such as the Cotonou Agreement, which prevents discrimination against African, Caribbean and Pacific athletes employed in EU Member States. / read more

World Sports Law Report is organising a full-day Briefing, Tackling Doping in Sport, which will be held in London this Autumn. / read more

Two rival Twenty20 Champions League tournaments could develop following a failure by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to agree on the participation of Indian Cricket League (ICL) players. / read more


Cyclist Michael Rasmussen was removed from the Tour de France and dismissed by Team Rabobank for giving incorrect information to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) about his whereabouts for doping testing, as required by UCI rules. Stephen Farrow, an Associate with Norton Rose LLP, explains how although Rasmussen was awarded compensation, a 2 July judgment from a Dutch Court stressed that Rabobank had been right to dismiss the Danish cyclist and supported the right of sporting institutions to take action against athletes in such circumstances. / read more

In Andrew Gravil v (1) Richard Carroll (2) Redruth Rugby Football Club, the Court of Appeal held Redruth rugby club liable for an offthe-ball incident which resulted in a player requiring reconstructive surgery following a punch connecting with his eye socket. Julian Summerhayes, an Associate with Bond Pearce LLP, examines the Court's reasoning. / read more

Anti-doping in France is regulated under the Sports Code by an independent administrative body, the AFLD. Thibault Verbiest, Djamel Hadef and Cathie-Rosalie Joly, of Ulys Law Firm, examine the balance between the need for increased access to athlete biometrics and the right to privacy, specifically if mandatory collections of such data - such as the collection of DNA samples by the Union Cycliste Internationale - contravene France's civil code and public health code. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency is introducing an International Standard for the Protection of Privacy. Michele Verroken of Sporting Integrity, an Anti-Doping Adviser to the PGA European Tour and Ladies European Tour and a former Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport, examines the provisions of the Standard. / read more

We believe that prior to offering bets in relation to our events, one ought to have obtained the right from us. Indeed, it is our view that: the use of our trademarks without our clearance is, in relation to betting activities, a trademark infringement; and the statutory exclusivity granted to organisational bodies under Article L.333-1 of the French Sports Code applies in the case of betting. / read more

The decision on 18 July 2008 by the English High Court (Mr Justice Mackay) not to overturn the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime Olympics ban - as far as I am aware the only National Olympic Committee around the world to have such a ban - imposed on the British sprinter, Dwain Chambers, for a doping offence and allow him to compete in the Beijing Olympics, on the grounds that it is not an unreasonable restraint of trade is, in my opinion, a travesty of justice. It is also a sad day for the widely held and practised principle of the rehabilitation of offenders who have served their punishments. / 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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