The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concerning the IOC Executive Board’s decision of 11 August 2012 to withdraw Mr Murofushi’s candidacy for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections.
The news travelled fast around the globe. The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee voted by secret ballot not to include wrestling in its core Olympic programme, starting in 2020 Olympics. Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou and Dr Evangelos Albanidis discuss the issues that have plauged wrestling in past decades.
Having detailed some of the match-fixing scandals to have been prominent in 2012, and the approach taken at the London Olympic Games in part 1, we go on to examine action being taken across the globe.
Make it harder to cheat at sport
Corrupt sports betting and match-fixing was a high profile issue in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and continues to dominate the sports headlines. In this article Kendrah Potts looks at what we can learn from some of the processes that were put in place for the London 2012 Olympic Games to identify those involved in conduct which could undermine the integrity of sport.
In November 2012 we wrote a piece for this website which essentially explained why the use of social media by sports people is here to stay. However, there is little doubt that the irresistible march of social media has been met with trepidation in the upper echelons of many sports organisations. As vividly stated by Hugh Morris, Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, when referring to players' use of social media:
'When [social media is] done poorly it is a complete and utter nightmare for those of us trying to manage and lead teams. It is like giving a machine gun to a monkey.'
The year 2012 captured the best and the worst of Indian sports. Whereas Indian sportspersons returned from the London Olympics 2012 with its best ever haul of six medals, the Indian sporting fraternity was shamed due to the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association ("IOA") by the International Olympic Committee ("IOC"). This piece will examine the events culminating in the IOC suspending the IOA and its ensuing ramifications on Indian sports.
About 500 of Australia's future Olympians will get a lesson in anti-doping rights and responsibilities through a joint education initiative being conducted by ASADA and the Australian Olympic Committee.
ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska said that Australian Olympians would be among those presenting at six compulsory education sessions being held prior to the start of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) on Wednesday.
The sessions will focus on the doping control process, inadvertent doping, and the risks associated with supplement use.
"We will be aiming to conduct an undisclosed number of tests across the sports being held at the festival, so it is imperative that these young athletes have an understanding of the risks and repercussions of doping," Ms Andruska said.
The summer of 2012 saw women's sport take centre stage at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games with many female athletes and events being the most celebrated. Women's sport also saw another significant milestone in the month of August with the admission of the first two female members at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore.
Most of what has been written in relation to the modern Olympic movement has focused on the Games or more recently on the failings (both in terms of ethics and more practically of governance) of those operating within the Olympic movement. Yet the Olympic movement was intended by Pierre de Coubertin, the central figure in the revival of the Olympic Games, to be based upon a philosophy, 'Olympism'. This book evaluates the moral project of Olympism, developing an analysis of the changing value positions adopted in relation to the ideology of Olympism from the 1890s to the present day. The book also explores contemporary concerns with youth, governance, sport for development and international relations.
By Dikaia Chatziefstathiou and Ian P. Henry
How to maintain & develop relationships with broadcasters & sponsors
You represent the national governing body of a non-mainstream sport in the UK; your athletes have just achieved unprecedented success at London 2012, perhaps unexpected success; your sport has been propelled into the consciousness of the British public in a way that it never has been before. Now the trick is to keep it there and build on that unique exposure so that the next generation of medal winners take up your sport rather than football! This article discusses some ideas on utilising some of your commercial assets to help you achieve this.
Before the London 2012 Paralympic Games ('the Games') began this summer I attended a talk by Michael Beloff QC, a leading sports law practitioner and prominent Court of Arbitration for Sport ('CAS') arbitrator, titled 'CAS and the Olympics 2012'. At the end of his review of the cases before the CAS ad hoc Division ('AHD') at the Olympics a question was asked, "Is there going to be an AHD at the Paralympics?" He replied that there wouldn't be because the International Paralympic Committee ('IPC') had not asked for one.
Has women's place in sport finally been recognised and given the voice it deserves?
There is no doubt that women's prevalence in professional sports and involvement in the industry has lagged behind their male counterparts. Professional sports have historically been played by men and operated by men. Both in terms of airtime, sponsorship and talent, female athletes have not had the investment or opportunity to demonstrate their skills which has meant that whilst some of the sports they play are main stream, the female game is actually classed as a minority sport because of the lack of revenue stream.
23 October 2012, Central London
After the very successful 2012 Olympic Games it is now time to evaluate the legal and UK tax aspects of it. Every 4 years the legal arrangements of the IOC and the host country are being tested, and no doubt where necessary IOC will improve its models.
Also outside IOC there is a need to evaluate experiences, and to draw lessons for the future, such as for the 2016 Brazil Games.
On Tuesday 23 October 2012 NOLOT Seminars is organising a seminar in Central London on these issues.