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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 11
(November 2009)


News

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) faces a battle to gain approval for its cost-cutting plans to move London 2012 badminton and rhythmic gymnastics competitions from a temporary facility on Greenwich Peninsula to Wembley Arena, as both sports are opposed to the switch. Wembley Arena is on the other side of London from the Athletes Village, which is on the Olympic Park in Newham. / read more

The European Handball Federation (EHF) is contesting fines levied by two German states for displaying a banner advertising its online gambling partner, Bet-at-home, on its Champions League website. / read more

FIFA will ban players that fail its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) wrist scans at the Under-17 World Cup, which takes place from 24 October to 15 November in Nigeria. The scans are designed to reveal if a player is over 17. / read more


Features

FIFA's ban on Chelsea conducting player transfers has highlighted a change in FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players designed to protect minors. Chris Anderson, a Solicitor with Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, examines the relevant changes in the Regulations, potential issues with them and asks if the international transfer of minors should always be considered as detrimental to the player involved. / read more

Athletes who wish to participate in the Olympic Games must agree to submit any dispute to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Ian Blackshaw, a sports lawyer and CAS arbitrator, finds that as consent is not freely given as the agreement to CAS arbitration is a precondition to participation, it is unenforceable. / read more

Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, failure to submit to sample collection for doping control purposes constitutes an anti-doping rule violation. Mike Morgan, a Solicitor with Hammonds, examines recent case law to explain that seemingly innocuous actions by athletes - such as taking a shower or attending a private team talk once in the presence of Doping Control Officers - can result in such an anti-doping rule violation. / read more

Following a Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on sport's relationship with money, the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) passed new regulations governing club ownership and 'home grown' players. Daniel Geey and Joe Ward, both in the Sports Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, examine how the fit and proper persons test has been expanded and the new requirements on Directors and Owners, the sanctions available to FAPL, and the new 'home grown' players rule. / read more

Corporations pay millions to exclusively sponsor events such as the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, however ambush marketing by non-sponsors keen to associate themselves with popular events threatens that revenue. In the final instalment of three articles, Michael Murphy, a Partner with Bowman Gilfillan, examines recent South African case law regarding ambush marketing by corporations keen to associate themselves with FIFA events. / 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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