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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 8
(August 2012)


The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is considering appealing the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) decision to sanction Lance Armstrong for doping offences. It is understood the UCI contests USADA’s jurisdiction; argues sanctions were issued without first presenting its evidence to the UCI; and that USADA’s sanctions violated Article 17 of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), which allows action within eight years of the alleged offence. USADA banned Armstrong for life and annulled all results after 1 August 1998 on 24 August. / read more

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) plans to remove all supplements containing methylhexaneamine (DMAA) from the UK market, following its 28 August ban on Jack3D. ‘Methylhexaneamine’ is a ‘specified Stimulant’ banned in competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, however can go by other names, which has led to many athletes unintentionally committing a doping violation. / read more

English and French rugby union clubs have threatened to break away from the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, after organiser European Rugby Cup (ERC) Limited failed to resolve qualification issues raised in June. “The clubs in England and France have served two years notice that we intend to pull out of Europe because there needs to be a level playing field,” Premier Rugby’s Chief Executive Mark McCafferty told journalists at the 20 August launch of its Aviva Premiership. / read more


Lutalo Mohamed was selected by Great Britain Taekwondo over Aaron Cook in the -80kg category at the London 2012 Olympics, despite being ranked lower than Cook. After an appeal to the British Olympic Association (BOA) failed, Cook’s hopes of appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision to overlook him were quashed by the BOA, who stated that a CAS appeal is only available to athletes that have been selected by their national governing bodies. Richard McLaren, a CAS Arbitrator from Western University Canada, explains why this is the correct interpretation. / read more

Argentina has implemented new financial reporting regulations designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing that will impact any client - including those based overseas - conducting business of over A$60,000 with a football club. Rodrigo Ortega Sanchez, an Abogado with Estudio Beccar Varela, explains the impact that this will have on Argentinean football clubs and those that do business with them. / read more

The sporting and financial sanctions imposed on National Football League franchise - the New Orleans Saints - for the involvement of its players and staff in a scheme encouraging the infliction of injuries on opponents, are some of the harshest of their kind in the history of US sport. But could such schemes ultimately create more severe problems for those who engage in them, with participants finding themselves before the civil, and possibly criminal, courts? Jamie Herbert, of the Sports Group at Bird & Bird LLP, analyses the case and its possible implications. / read more

In a 25 May judgment, the England and Wales High Court refused an application by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs to declare the Football League’s so-called ‘football creditors’ rule invalid for failing to treat all unsecured creditors equally in cases of club insolvency. David Roberts, a Partner with Olswang, explains the ‘football creditors’ rule and analyses the reasoning behind the High Court’s judgment. / read more

In a case closely watched by other sports rights companies, the General Court of the European Union rejected Formula One Licensing B.V’s objection against the Community Trade Mark (CTM) ‘F1 Live’, rejecting its arguments that it was too similar to its own ‘F1’ CTM. Charles Maurice, a Solicitor with Macfarlanes LLP, analyses the judgment and its significance for sporting trademarks. / 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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