As we enter the second week of the Olympics and Team GB’s medal tally grows, so do the number of Games-related instructions hitting the desks of 4 New Square’s members.
Following a busy period leading up to London 2012 (see further details here, our barristers continue to be at the forefront of Olympic sporting disputes.
Last week, Graeme McPherson QC and Rick Liddell were retained at very short notice by the International Association of Athletics Federation ("IAAF") in connection with the provisional suspensions of two International -Level Athletes. This high-profile instruction follows hot on the heels of Rick’s recent successful appearance for the IAAF at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne in another doping matter, this time relating to Hungarian discus thrower Zoltan Kovago (see here).
Graeme Mew, who is sitting as a CAS arbitrator in London during the Games, has heard a number of Olympics-related cases in recent days. He dealt with the selection appeal brought by Alexander Peternell against the South African Olympic Committee, relating to that country’s equestrian team for London 2012 (see here), and even more recently sat on the Panel that determined a late appeal by French modern pentathlete Jean-Maxence Berrou against a decision by the International Modern Pentathlon Union not to offer him a place at the Games (CAS press release here).
Finally, Daniel Saoul has picked up his second urgent instruction of the Games, under the auspices of the London 2012 Pro Bono Advocacy Service, this time representing the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in a doping matter. Czech paddler Jan Sterba had been exonerated of an alleged doping offence, a conclusion the ICF instructed Dan to challenge before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The athlete was eventually convicted and given a formal reprimand. This follows Dan’s successful appearance before the CAS on the eve of the Games for the Montenegrin Olympic Committee in a boxing selection dispute.
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