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The Legal Race At The Athens Summer Games

The Olympics are here again, this time in Athens, the site of the original games. But you already knew that.

You also know that with the Olympics come the disputes between medal winners and those who test positive for drugs.

How do all these disputes get resolved? By the Court of Arbitration for Sport, of course. You didn't know? The Court is now twenty years old this year - first established in 1984. The Court has offices in Athens during these games, and has permanent offices in Australia and New York, with its head office in Lausanne, Switzerland.

It is separate from the International Olympic Committee, but receives funding from the IOC. It's a tough court that rarely decides in favor of the accused athlete, although there are some famous examples. Remember Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati? He appeared before the court in 1998. Even though he tested positive for marijuana at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he was allowed to keep his gold medal. Dude!

U.S. Sprinter Torri Edwards is next to determine wither she can race in these summer games. She tested positive for a banned substance, nikethamide, and has elected to appeal her suspension. If she fails, she may be banned from sports competitions for two years.

Law is everywhere - even as our athletes race around the track.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 11:11 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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