January 2012

When practising at competition level, athletes submit themselves to the regulations of a sports federation and thereby agree to refer any disputes to the internal dispute resolution body set up by that federation, if any. Further, an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (“CAS”) against a decision made by the dispute resolution body has become the rule for most international federations. Such appeal arbitration proceedings are governed by the CAS Code, under which athletes agree to seek interim relief exclusively before the CAS, to the exclusion of any state court.