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The Growing Trend of Phygital Sports

The article called “Phygital Sports – bridging the physical and digital worlds” published by Top End Sports introduces the concept of “phygital” in sports, a fusion of physical and digital elements shaping the sporting landscape. It first illustrates how athletes benefit from advanced technology to

Cesar Parra Suspended for Horse Abuse Allegations

Horse Sport reported on February 5, 2024 that Olympian Cesar Parra, a member of the U.S. dressage team at the 2011 Pan Am Games, has been provisionally suspended by the FEI following the emergence of videos depicting abusive training practices, including whipping horses, use of

Anti-Doping Programs in eSports

On January 4, 2024, Leonid Shmatenko published a fascinating article called "The Imperative Of Anti-Doping Programs in eSports". Given the incredible growth of eSports, he discusses that now is the time to consider the need for anti-doping measures to protect athletes. In the first paragraph,

IFAM – The International Football (Soccer) Arbitration Moot

Thauli Sports Law is honoured and proud to partner with the IFAM for its second annual football (soccer) competition. Given the growing demand for sports law professionals, the IFAM’s founders and head organisers, Alessandro Carlini and Botond Pintér, developed this football moot to give law

Canada’s Eventing Team Wins Gold at the Pan Am Games!

Congratulations to Team Canada's Eventers! The CBC's article of October 29, 2023, entitled "Canada wins Pan Am Games equestrian gold, qualifies eventing team for Paris Olympics" discusses the Canadian eventing team's gold medal win at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile on October 29,

IOC EB Issues Recommendations For Russian and Belarusian Athletes

At the 11th Olympic Summit held on December 9, 2022, the leaders of all Olympic Movement stakeholder groups had requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to explore how athletes with a Russian or Belarusian passport could return to international competition as “Individual Neutral Athletes.” Olympic

Heritage Committee Requests Meeting Minutes from National Sporting Bodies

In an article recently published by the Globe and Mail, entitled “MPs demand secret board minutes of sporting bodies as probe into safe sport intensifies,” author Marie Woolf discusses the unanimous vote by the House of Commons heritage committee demanding all private and public meeting

HIWU’s Newest Tool in Standardizing Horseracing Welfare Standards

In early November 2022, the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU) announced its new website, HIWU.org. HIWU is the independent agency that will be enforcing the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s (HISA) Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program. This program applies to Thoroughbred racing and

Hockey Canada’s Second Fund Used to Settle Sexual Assault Allegations

In a recent article entitled, “Report: Hockey Canada had a second fund for Handling sexual assault claims,” Sportsnet shares recent findings by a House of Commons investigatory committee that Hockey Canada had a second, undisclosed fund to handle claims that are not otherwise covered by

Calls for New Hockey Canada Executive in Light of Sexual Assault Allegations

In an article published by CBC Canada, “Hockey culture suffers from a ‘systemic problem’ of sexual violence, minister says,” author, Ashley Burke shares the federal government's response to recent developments in an investigation of Hockey Canada. With emerging information regarding at least 15 group sexual

UEFA Prohibits Substitutions in Cases of Head Injury

In a recently published article entitled “UEFA confirms it does not allow concussion subs after confusion over Beth Mead head injury,” BBC Sport shares news that the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) is not allowing substitutes in the case of head injury or concussion,

Former FIFA Executives Found Not Guilty of Fraud

BBC Sport published this article entitled “Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini found not guilty following fraud trial” on July 8, 2022, discussing a recent verdict of Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court (the Court) that cleared former Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) executives, Michel Platini and

Bans Upheld by CAS for Pair Found Using Hind Boots Rigged with Nails

Horse & Hound published Becky Murray’s article entitled “Court upholds bans for pair that abused horse by using hind boots containing nails” on July 7, 2022. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently upheld a decision of the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal. CAS

Harveen Thauli Selected as Member of Birmingham 2022’s CGF Federation Court

The second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic games, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are upon us. To ensure fair and equitable competition for the event, Sports Resolutions, a London-based not-for-profit dispute resolution body, is taking the lead in administering the CGF Federation Court, an

FINA’s ‘Gender Inclusion Policy’ and its Implications for Transgender Athletes

This article entitled, “FINA votes to restrict transgender participation in elite women’s competition,” was published by CBC and written by Ciaran Fahey. In its new “gender inclusion policy,” the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) introduced guidelines prohibiting the participation of swimmers who have undergone gender

Abuse-Free Sport’s New Role in Preventing Discrimination in Canadian Sport

Abuse-Free Sport is a newly instated national program that will prevent and address harassment and discrimination in Canadian sports. Developed by the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian government, Abuse Free Sport addresses alleged violations of the Universal Code of

ISU Votes to Raise Minimum Competition Age to 17

This article entitled “Figure skating minimum age raised to ‘historic’ decision ahead of 2026 Olympics,” published by NBC News via Reuters on June 7, 2022, covers the intentions behind the new International Skating Union (ISU) legislation. In response to the recent controversy surrounding Kamila Valieva

Kamila Valieva Cleared to Skate Amid Doping Controversy

The Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued its decision declining to impose a provisional suspension on Kamila Valieva, the Russian Figure Skater. The below reproduces the Court of Arbitration for Sports media release of February 14, 2022 in Beijing. Beijing, 14

Congratulations to our Canadian Athletes!

Thauli Sports Law sends a heartfelt congratulations to all of our Canadian Athletes who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. You made us proud to be Canadian! Canada forged a new medal record with 7 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. Team

CAS Overturns the FEI Endurance Horse Abuse Case

The following article entitled "FEI Endurance Horse Abuse Case Overturned" was written by Christa Christa Lesté-Lasserre and posted on "the Horse - Your Guide to Equine Health Care" on May 7, 2021. Of particular note are the statements of Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse

Andrew Kocher Suspended for 10 Years in Horse Abuse Case

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) issued the following media update on April 22, 2021 on Andrew Kocher's suspension of 10 years for using electric spurs on horses. The FEI Tribunal has suspended US Jumping athlete Andrew Kocher for 10 years and disqualified him from eight events between June

Corruption at the International Weightlifting Federation by Former President

An investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) by University of Western Ontario law professor, Richard McLaren found the IWF was plagued by decades of corruption, doping coverups, favourtism, and financial mismanagement orchestrated by the IWF’s former president, Dr. Tamás Aján. The McLaren Report detailed the

Record 20 Year Suspension Imposed in Fatal Horse Abuse Case

The following article entitled, "Strongest Sanctions in FEI history imposed in fatal Endurance case" was published on June 9, 2020 on horsetalk.co.nz. The final decision can be found here. Sh Abdul Aziz Bin Faisal Al Qasimi has appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration

Demotion of Level 4 Jumping Judge

Pippa Cuckson wrote the following article entitled, "Level 4 Jumping Judge Demoted After Failing FEI's New Exam", which was published on April 15, 2020 on HorseSport.com.  João Manuel Vieira de Moura, one of Portugal’s top-ranked FEI jumping judges, has unsuccessfully appealed against his demotion after failing

Are You Concerned About Your Supplements?

NSF International’s Certified for Sport program was created to meet the growing demands of athletes, coaches and all others concerned about banned substances in sports supplements. The scientists screen sports supplements for more than 270 banned or prohibited substances, including: narcotics, steroids, stimulants, hormones, and

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a Prohibited Substance

Despite being legal in some parts of the world, cannabis continues to be listed as a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and a positive test may result in a sanction. It's important to differentiate between THC, which is the strain in cannabis


Latest Draft Versions of the 2021 Code and International Standards

On July 15, 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its latest draft versions of the 2021 Code and International Standards. This summary outlines that the proposed changes will place an increased emphasis on health as a rationale for the Code.  Substantial changes are also

The CCES and International Testing Agency Announce Collaboration

On May 28, 2019, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the International Testing Agency (ITA) announced entering into a collaboration agreement intended to optimize their respective anti-doping programs through test planning, coordination, sample collection and information sharing, including intelligence and investigations. This partnership

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya Appeals Court of Arbitration for Sport Decision

On 30 April 2019, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) delivered an Award on the challenges brought by Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA) to the validity of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) eligibility regulations on athletes with “differences of sexual

The Prevalence of Maltreatment in Canadian Sport

On May 7, 2019, AthletesCAN, in partnership with University of Toronto, released a detailed study called, The Prevalence of Maltreatment among Current and Former National Team Athletes. Maltreatment is an umbrella term that refers to: all types of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence

Show jumping

The FEI Tribunal Issues Final Decision in Human Anti-Doping Case

On April 25, 2019, the FEI Tribunal issued its final decision in Human Anti-Doping Case 2018/01 Paulo Sergio Mateo Santana Filho, Final Tribunal Decision dated 25 April 2019. The El Salvadoran athlete, Paulo Sergio Mateo Santana Filho was selected for in-competition testing on June 9, 2018

Launch of the Canadian Sports Hotline

On March 13, 2019, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) announced the launch of a national toll-free sport helpline to offer assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. This anonymous, confidential and independent service will allow victims to share and

Endurance riding

FEI Suspends UAE Endurance Rider

Kieran Paulson’s article called, FEI Suspends UAE Endurance Rider was published on March 7, 2019. Her article discusses the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal’s finding after the British journalist Pippa Cuckson lodged a protest for horse abuse against Ali Mohammed Ali Al Hosani for striking

Changes in the FEI Veterinary Regulations

This article summarizes the changes have been made to the FEI Veterinary Regulations for 2019. It's important as riders to keep informed of all the changes to the FEI rules and regulations.

The FEI Clean Sport – Athlete’s Guide

The FEI produced this Athlete's Guide to help athletes understand the key provisions of the Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations. Since legal rules can be technical and confusing for non-lawyers, this Guide explains in plain English and without any legal jargon what athletes really

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal

It’s official! I was elected on November 21, 2017 as the first Canadian to sit on the FEI Tribunal. The Tribunal decides on all cases related to sport rules, statutes, and general regulations. Congratulations also to Mark Samuels of Mississauga, Ontario who was unanimously elected as the

FEI President Pushes Clean Sport Message

On September 1, 2015, the FEI issued the following press release from the FEI's President about the importance of the FEI Clean Sport campaign and the coming into force of the FEI's global Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Programme on January 1, 2016. FEI President Ingmar

FEI cancels endurance events in UAE

Horse & Country posted this article called "FEI cancels endurance events in UAE" by Charlotte Ricca-Smith on February 27, 2015. It discusses the FEI's withdrawal from endurance races in the United Arab Emirates from its 2015 calendar. I am personally very pleased with the FEI's decision.

Cruelty to Animals is the 8th Deadly Sin!

I will never understand how anyone can inflict pain and suffering or commit deliberate violence on a defenceless animal. Lately there has been several high profile dog abuse cases reported in the news, which got me thinking about and then researching cases involving horses. I

Waivers Continued

On July 3, 2013, I wrote about the importance of legal Waivers and how a stable owner or instructor can effectively minimize their risk by using them. In this article, I’ll cover some actual court cases that illustrate when the courts have and have not

Are Waivers Really Necessary?

There seems to be a general misunderstanding in the equine industry about the importance of legal Waivers and how they can protect you from costly liability claims. In my experience, most are poorly written and not enforceable in court, so even if you have a