CAS appoints 12 arbitrators for London Olympics

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(AP) – Twelve arbitrators will be on duty during the London Olympics to rule quickly on any legal disputes that arise. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced details Monday of the tribunal it will set up for the Olympics. CAS, the highest court in sports, has had arbitration panels in place at every Olympics since Atlanta in 1996 to resolve disputes over doping, eligibility and other issues.

The London tribunal will be presided over by Judge Juan Torruella of Puerto Rico and Gunnar Werner of Sweden, and will consist of 12 arbitrators from 12 countries. All are lawyers or professors specializing in sports law and arbitration. A panel of three arbitrators will convene to hear any dispute and render a decision within 24 hours. It will be operational from July 17 – 10 days before the opening ceremony – until the end of the games Aug. 12.

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