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Can an Athlete be Provisionally Suspended before (even) being charged with an anti-doping rule violation?
CAS 2017/A/4968, Alexander Legkov v. International Ski Federation (FIS), Award of 31 August 2017 (Operative part 29 May 2017). The International Ski Federation (FIS) imposed a Provisional Suspension on Alexander Legkov, a Russian cross-country skier, prior to charging him with an anti-doping rule violation and based only on allegations contained [...]
First draft of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code: Not so light of a review?
On 4 June 2018, WADA opened the second phase of the review process for the 2021 WADA Code (the ‘Code’), by circulating the first draft of the new Code, along with the outcomes of the preliminary stakeholder consultation and a document summarizing the major proposed changes. While WADA’s initial instructions [...]
The Johaug CAS award: Too harsh?
CAS 2017/A/5110, International Ski Federation (FIS) v. Therese Johaug & The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, August 21, 2017; CAS 2017/A/5110, Therese Johaug v. The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF). This case involves a highly successful Norwegian skier, the multiple-time World [...]
The Ademi CAS award: One substance? No source? No problem.
CAS 2016/A/4676, Arijan Ademi v. UEFA, 24 March 2017. In the Ademi award, the main issue in front of the CAS panel was whether the violation was 'not intentional', a question the panel had to resolve in absence of conclusive evidence as to how the substance entered the Athlete’s body. [...]
The Significance of Maria Sharapova’s Fault
CAS Award: CAS 2016/A/4643, Maria Sharapova v. ITF, 30 September 2016. This Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) award puts (at least for the moment) an end to Maria Sharapova (or the “Player”)’s doping ordeal stemming from her admitted Use of Meldonium, a substance added to WADA’s Prohibited List less [...]
Cocaine blues: What the Paolini case suggests about “recreational” drug use under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code
The Paolini decision, which was decided by the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (“UCI”) anti-doping tribunal (the “UCI Tribunal”) provides insight into the question of how Prohibited Substances used “recreationally” could be treated under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (the “WADC”). “Recreational” drug use was the subject of much debate among stakeholders [...]