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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 8
(August 2008)


Juventus could find itself liable for Adrian Mutu's €17.7 million fine, issued by FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for breach of his contract with Chelsea through taking drugs, if Mutu's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) fails and the player cannot pay the fine in full. / read more

The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) said it would 'accelerate' the introduction of a licence for gymnasts after it received a request to investigate "discrepancies" concerning the age of Chinese gymnast, He Kexin, from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Kexin won a gold medal in both the women's Uneven Bars and Team events at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. / read more

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has verbally accepted changes to its anti-doping model, as proposed by the city of Neuss ­ a stage in the Deutschland Tour's competition ­ according to Dr. Sascha Severin, technical co-ordinator at and head of the proposed doping model. / read more


Doping in sport continues despite efforts by various authorities to eliminate it, as the number of athletes facing lengthy bans after being found guilty of offences at the Beijing Olympics illustrates. Mike Morgan, a Solicitor with Hammonds, examines the effect that Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) have on young athletes who - in their quest for glory - may be tempted to engage in doping. He discusses the need to focus on the suppliers and facilitators of doping rather than the athletes themselves and the difficulties with doing this, due to the ease of the athlete testing regime. / read more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently ruled that football clubs do not have a mandatory obligation to release players under the age of 23 for the Olympic football tournament. Dr. André Soldner and Jan Kupfer, of Ashurst LLP, discuss the ruling and the options for FIFA in securing the future of the Olympic football tournament and the World Cup. / read more

July 2008 saw the European Commission clarify the rules on EU Member States implementing restrictions on the employment of players from 'third countries', despite treaties such as the Cotonou Agreement. Stephen Farrow, an Associate at Norton Rose LLP, examines how this could be of significant assistance to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). / read more

The International Olympic Committee has barred Ekaterina Thanou from competing in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, despite the Greek sprinter having legitimately qualified having served a ban for failing to attend doping tests. Ian Blackshaw, International Sports Lawyer, assesses the IOC's reason for applying the ban bringing the Games into 'disrepute' and Thanou's chances of appeal. / read more

Dwain Chambers was unable to succeed in his appeal against a lifetime ban - under British Olympic Association rules - from the Olympic Games, despite the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ban being just two years. Chris Yates, an Associate at Olswang, assesses the UK High Court case and explains how the IOC has changed its rules to ensure that any athlete serving an anti-doping ban will now be ineligible for the next edition of the Olympics. / read more

Ping Chu, an Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, explains the regulation of e-sports games in China. / read more

The French Government has recently passed new anti-doping legislation to bring French anti-doping legislation in line with international rules. Bruno Quentin, a Partner and Marc Peltier, an Associate with Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI (Paris), compare the existing legislation with the new law and take a look at what the new offence of trafficking of doping products means for athletes and purveyors of doping substances. / 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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