Press releases 27th July 2016

CAS opens two temporary offices to deal with Rio 2016 doping disputes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has opened two temporary divisions on the site of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They will operate every day until they close on Sunday 21 August 2016.

The CAS Anti-doping Division

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the CAS will be in charge of doping-related matters arising on the occasion of the Games as a first-instance authority. This new structure will handle potential doping cases referred to it in accordance with the IOC Anti-doping Rules. The CAS Anti-doping Division will adjudicate on these cases after hearing the parties concerned. It may also impose provisional suspensions pending the conclusion of the procedure. Final decisions rendered by the CAS Anti-doping Division may be appealed before the CAS ad hoc Division in Rio or before the CAS in Lausanne after the end of the Olympic Games.

Contact details:
CAS Anti-doping Division Windsor Oceanico Hotel
Rua Martinho de Mesquita 129,

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22620-220 Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2118 4411
Email: antidoping@tas-cas.org

The procedural rules for the CAS Anti-doping Division are available on the CAS website.

The CAS ad hoc Division

The CAS ad hoc Division was created for the first time in 1996 on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Atlanta. It has been established to resolve legal disputes arising on the occasion of the Games (qualification, disciplinary, doping (2nd instance), etc…). It provides participants of the Games with free access to justice rendered within 24 hours or within a timeframe compatible with the competition schedule. The decisions rendered by the CAS ad hoc Division are final.

Contact details:
CAS Ad hoc Division
Windsor Oceanico Hotel
Rua Martinho de Mesquita 129,

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22620-220 Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2118 4405
Email: adhocdivision@tas-cas.org

The procedural rules for the CAS Ad hoc Division as well as an application form are available on the CAS website.

Composition of the CAS Divisions

The Presidents and arbitrators for each division were selected by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), an independent body, under the aegis of which the CAS operates:

CAS Anti-doping Division

President: Ms Carole Malinvaud (France)
Deputy President: Judge Ivo Eusebio (Switzerland)

Arbitrators:

• Mr Juan Pablo Arriagada Aljaro (Chile)
• Mr Efraim Barak (Israel)
• The Hon. Michael Beloff QC (UK)
• The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser (Canada)
• Prof. Dr Michael Geistlinger (Austria)
• The Hon. Dr Tricia Kavanagh (Australia)

CAS Ad hoc Division

President: Mr Michael Lenard (USA)
Co-President: Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet (Brazil)

Arbitrators:

•  The Hon. Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC (Australia)
•  Ms Andrea Carska-Sheppard (Canada/Slovakia)
•  Justice Catherine Davani (Papua New Guinea)
•  Ms Margarita Echeverria (Costa Rica)
•  Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas (Germany)
•  Mr Mark Hovell (United Kingdom)
•  Mr Francisco Mussnich (Brazil)
•  Mr Jinwon Park (Korea)
•  Mr José Juan Pinto (Spain)
•  Dr Mohamed Abdel Raouf (Egypt)
•  Ms Carol Roberts (Canada)
•  Ms Rabab Yasseen (Iraq/Switzerland)

Court of Arbitration for Sport

The arbitrators retained for the CAS Divisions are all either lawyers, judges or professors specialized in sports law and/or arbitration and are independent of the parties who appear before the CAS. The secretariat in Rio will be headed by the CAS Secretary General, Mr Matthieu Reeb, and staffed by CAS employees. In agreement with the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association, pro bono lawyers based in Rio are available to assist Games participants before the CAS Divisions.

In 2012, the CAS ad hoc Division in London handled 11 cases. In 2015, the CAS registered 503 procedures. In the first half of 2016, it has already registered 310 procedures.

• This media release was originally published by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 26 July 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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