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IOC VP Coates closes Kuwait forum

05 Jun 2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait: The two-day Sport Arbitration Forum for Africa, Asia and Oceania came to a close at the Holiday Inn Salmiya in Kuwait on Thursday lunchtime. Hosted by the OCA and ANOC President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, the forum attracted legal representatives from 104 National Olympic Committees.

Summing up the forum, IOC Vice President John Coates, who is President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), said: “I hope you have found this beneficial. We think it is very beneficial and we would like to continue to work with you so you will understand and utilise the services we have available, not only in doping.”

This first tri-continental seminar on sports arbitration attracted 45 NOCs from Asia, 44 from Africa and 15 from Oceania and covered three main themes: Disputes resolution in modern sport and CAS arbitration, CAS procedure and jurisprudence, and Important procedural issues in sports arbitration for NOCs.

“I would like to thank you all for your participation and I would like to thank all the speakers for your time and content of the papers you presented,” he added.

“I think we have covered a lot in a day and a half and explained the history of CAS and the importance of arbitration.”

The forum also covered CAS case law in doping, CAS jurisprudence in football matters, NOCs and sports governance and a dispute resolution mechanism for NOCs, using New Zealand as an example.
One of the most significant developments was the OCA invitation to CAS to establish an ad-hoc division at this year’s Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, following in the footsteps of the Olympic Games since 1996 and Commonwealth Games since 1998. It will be the first time for CAS to operate an ad-hoc division to deal quickly with any disputes at a continental games.

Mr Coates said CAS would now draw up a series of guidelines based on the forum input to advise NOCs on how to set up a national tribunal, and said all the presentations would be available through the OCA.
He closed by thanking Sheikh Ahmad for hosting the forum and for his hospitality in Kuwait.

“I look forward to meeting you at the Asian Games in Incheon this September,” he said.
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