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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 4
(April 2012)


The European Parliament is to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to let Kosovar athletes compete at London 2012, as Kosovo is not recognised by the IOC. Kosovar athletes such as judoka Majlinda Kelmendi will not be able to compete, despite qualifying for the Olympics. / read more

London 2012 asked Dow Chemical to extend its partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to sponsor the Paralympics in a separate deal, organisers confirmed. / read more

UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Wales and the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) launched a Legal Panel Framework of 10 law firms on 3 April, designed to provide sport with access to quality law firms at fair rates. / read more


In 2011, Telstra paid A$153 million for exclusive internet broadcasting rights to Australian Football League (AFL) games from 2012 - 2016. However, a recent decision of the Federal Court has allowed its competitor, Singtel Optus Pty Ltd (Optus), to enable its customers to view matches without paying for the right to do so. Amelia Lynch and James O'Toole, of Lander & Rogers, explain the decision in Singtel Optus Pty Ltd v National Rugby League Investments (No 2)1 and consider the implications in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. / read more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the Union Cycliste Internationale's two-year ban imposed on Alberto Contador following a positive test for clenbuterol on 6 February 2012. Jorge Ibarrola, a Partner with Libra Law, examines the judgment. / read more

Challenging sporting sanctions through the courts can be a difficult and risky process. Matt Totman and Colm O'Grady examine the conditions that must be satisfied for judicial review to apply and assess whether, under the developed principles of public law, judicial review of a sporting body's sanctioning decision can be denied. / read more

This is the third instalment of a four-part article examining modern day sporting fraud, the measures which have been adopted to deal with the issue and the further measures that could be considered. Mike Morgan and Stacey Shevill, of Squire Sanders, examine the measures adopted by sports, governments, law enforcement and the gambling industry to prevent, detect and deter acts of sporting fraud. / read more

While decisions in recent litigation brought by England's Football Association Premier League (FAPL) mean that football fans can order FAPL TV coverage from broadcasters across Europe, pubs could still find themselves in breach of FAPL copyrights if they screen broadcasts from another country. Adam Rendle, an Associate with Taylor Wessing, outlines the risks that the recent rulings present to the FAPL's broadcasting model. / 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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