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Rio 2016: Gender equality introduced in Court of Arbitration for Sport

By Rositta Liosi – EMTV Online

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ad-hoc division will feature an equal number of male and female arbitrators who will resolve disputes which may arise during next year’s Olympic Games.

The six men and six women appointed are all either lawyers, judges or professors who have specialised in sports law and arbitration. American, Michael Lenard, will serve as President and assisting him will be host nation’s Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet as co-President.

Papua New Guinea’s Catherine Davani, Australian Annabelle Bennett, Canadian/Slovakian Andrea Carska-Sheppard, Costa Rica’s Margarita Echeverria, Carol Roberts of Canada and South Korean Jinwon Park will serve as the female arbitrators.

Whilst, the male arbitrators are Germany’s Ulrich Haas, Britain’s Mark Howell, Francisco Mussnich of Brazil, Spain’s José Juan Pinto, Mohamed Abdel Raouf of Egypt and Rabab Yasseen of Iraq/Switzerland.

The arbitrators were all selected by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), an independent body sponsored by the CAS.

Participants in Rio who bring complaints to the CAS, the highest legal court for sporting disputes, will be able to have their cases heard within a time-frame consistent with the Olympic competition schedule.


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