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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 12
(December 2016)


The International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’) has announced that it will re-analyse all the urine samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 and has extended the mandate of the Oswald Commission to examine all samples collected from Russian athletes during the Olympic Games in London 2012, following the release of the second part of the Independent Person Report on 9 December 2016 carried out by Professor Richard McLaren into the accusations of institutionalised doping in Russian elite sport. / read more

The Football Association (‘FA’) is undertaking an internal review with assistance from outside counsel into widespread allegations of historical child sexual abuse throughout the sport, instigated by former footballer Andy Woodward’s decision to waive his right to anonymity in an interview for The Guardian on 16 November 2016 in which he made allegations of sexual abuse during his time as a youth player. FA Chairman Greg Clarke described the scandal as the “biggest” crisis in FA history that he can remember, in an interview with BBC Sport. / read more


The International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit has put forward a proposal to increase its investigatory powers in order to tackle match-fixing. The proposal, which is due before the Board in 2017, would give the investigating authority the power to access the sensitive information of a cricket player stored on media platforms, such as WhatsApp and Snapchat. Amrut Joshi, Founder of GameChanger Law Advisors and a member of the World Sports Advocate Editorial Board, and Pavani Nath, a Student at Gujarat National Law University, discuss the proposal in detail and the privacy concerns it raises. / read more

Stephen Moston and Terry Engelberg of James Cook University provide details on their archival study of 100 consecutive sanctioned ADRVs in Australia, 23 cases of which involved claims that the ADRV was accidental or inadvertent. Stephen and Terry use their findings to pose questions about the presumption of guilt relating to doping and stress that future iterations of the WADA Code should include the consideration of intention. / read more

Having attended the Player Contracts conference in October, organised by World Sports Advocate, US attorney, Spyros M. Arsenis, Of Counsel at Gerard Fox Law PC, was inspired to contribute a provocative article on the current state of the European system of football with the aim of stimulating debate amongst the legal community. In this article, Spyros presents his suggestions on possible solutions to the problems inherent in the European professional sports system, which stem from his experiences of the American system. The focus of Spyros’ suggestions centre on wealth distribution and ways to better redistribute revenues. Spyros invites responses to this article, which will be considered for publication in a future issue of World Sports Advocate. / read more

While issues of labour law, employment standards and workplace health and safety provisions are far from top-of-mind for most fans of professional sports, those issues are increasingly important for those employed by professional sports teams: the athletes. Whether it’s the rules governing access to collective bargaining rights, the extent to which team revenues are shared with players or the conditions of play and their impact on a player’s immediate and long-term health, professional athletes have long demanded that their professional endeavours in the world of sports have the same standing before the law as those of other workers. Brian Ramsay, Executive Director of the Canadian Football League (‘CFL’) Players’ Association (‘CFLPA’), discusses the CFLPA’s appeal for changes to the exclusion policy in Alberta in relation to health and safety provisions for professional football players where the provincial government announced plans to review its legislation and policies related to workers’ compensation. / 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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