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Sportslaw.blog is an initiative by Brian van Egmond of the Dutch Law Firm Conway & Partners N.V. in Rotterdam. This blog is part of Conway & Partners’ Sports & Entertainment section.

Conway & Partners is an internationally operating law firm with its roots in arbitration and litigation. Within this practice Conway & Partners focuses its operations on several specific sectors among which Sport & Entertainment, Fashion & Luxury  New Technologies & IT  but also “Rotterdam” harbour related sectors, such as TradeMaritime & Transport and Industry.

Brian is a Dutch Attorney with a great passion for law and sports. He fanatically practices triathlon and he is kicking a ball every now and then with the businessclub of the oldest Dutch professional Football Club, Sparta Rotterdam . You will find Brian at the Sparta homegames as well as at some of their away games.

As a lawyer, Brian focuses his practice on national and international arbitration and litigation in a broad spectrum of cases.  

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Doping Scandal at the Olympic Games: Is the Valieva-decision from the CAS really incomprensible?

Newspapers and the internet are full of it. A doping scandal at the Olympics. The Russian Miss Perfect and top favorite for Olympic gold, figure skater Kamila Valieva, tested on doping. This test result would normally lead directly to a provisional suspension. And yet Valieva is allowed to start at the Olympics.

An emergency appeal from, among others, the IOC to the special Ad Hoc Commission of the CAS failed. As unfair as this must feel to some athletes (understandably so), the decision is not entirely incomprehensible. And that is mainly caused by the fact that Kamila Valieva is only 15 years old. A child.

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