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World Sports Law Report

Current Issue (March 2015)

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The monthly law journal 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

March's issue of World Sports Law Report

March was a very eventful month in the world of sports law. The long-awaited report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was released, which confirmed that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) was covering up doing at the highest levels, allowing certain star athletes to live by different rules, and putting forward recommendations for change.

Antonio Riggozzi, Founding Partner and Head of the Sports Law and Arbitration practice at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a law firm specialising in international arbitration, Professor of Sports Law and Arbitration at the Law School of the University of Neuchâtel, and Member of the World Sports Law Report Editorial Board provides an analysis of the legal framework of the CIRC and discusses the significance of the CIRC Report for the future of anti-doping.

Over 280 delegates from over 30 countries attended the eight edition of the annual Tackling Doping in Sport conference, organised by World Sports Law Report and supported by UK Anti-Doping, on 18-19 March.

One of the highlights of conference was a screening by investigative journalist Hajo Seppelt of excerpts from his documentary into organised, systematic doping in Russia. In the two-part documentary entitled ‘Geheimsache Doping,’ which was aired on German TV at the end of last year, former Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) official Vitaly Stepanov and his wife Yulia Stepanova, an 800m runner who was banned for doping, allege that Russian athletics officials supplied banned substances and colluded with doping officials to cover up positive tests. “It is important to recognise that this situation is a product of sport," said Seppelt, speaking at the conference. "We need to think about this."

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who had attempted to prevent Seppelt from speaking at the conference, and WADA are currently investigating the allegations made in the documentary.

Particular highlights of March's issue of World Sports Law Report include an article by Stephen Hornsby and Chris Smith of Goodman Derrick LLP on FIFA's ban on third party ownership and EU law, and analysis by Patricia Leonard of 7BR into the discovery by Brazilian Police of a ticket touting scandal involving the illegal sale of World Cup tickets and whether FIFA's involvement has aided touts.

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