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Child Safety in Sports

By Shwethambara Mani and Shibumi Raje Introduction Children and sport speak the universal language of fun, friendship, discipline and achievement. Sport significantly contributes to a child’s mental, social and physical skills by building tolerance, discipline, focus and respect. While childhood is often a precious period for building...

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Kick It Out: Tackling Racism in Football

By Seshank Shekar Introduction The controversy concerning racism in English professional football over the past year came to a conclusion earlier this month, as the English Football Association (“FA”) sanctioned Chelsea Football Club (“Chelsea”) captain John Terry over alleged racist comments made to Queens Park Rangers (“QPR”)...

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Pride and Prejudice: The Saga of Carriage Discrimination between the Tennis Channel and Comcast

By Shwethambara Mani Introduction In July 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) held Comcast Cable Communications, LLC (“Comcast”), the largest multi-channel video-programming distributor (“MVPD”) in the United States, liable for carriage discrimination against Tennis Channel. The Commission held that Comcast had given preferential treatment to its affiliates,...

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Crowded Out: Learnings from Hillsborough

By Abhinav Shrivastav Introduction The Hillsborough Stadium crush of 1989 (“Hillsborough Crush”) is a key moment in the history of sports arena construction and crowd management, as it led to the removal of standing terraces in all first division and second division football club stadiums and adoption...

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Howzzat! Appeal Process in Sports

By Fatema Merchant Introduction The excitement and frenzy surrounding a sporting event is usually fuelled by contentious umpiring and referee decisions which may whip up mixed reactions depending on whose favour they are in. The referee and other officials presiding over a match more often than not...

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What a Racket! Fair Play and the Olympic Games

By Nandan Kamath "The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." Baron Pierre Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympics. Introduction In the recently concluded London 2012 Olympic Games (“Games”), eight female...

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In-Competition Dispute Resolution

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Introduction The ad-hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was set up to operate from the venues of major sporting event such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games etc. with the intention to expeditiously resolve the disputes arising during such games. According...

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