The Summer and Winter Olympics are two of the most popular sporting events in the world. This year's Winter Olympics will be starting on February 12th, 2010. They are not, however, immune from legal controversies. Where do Olympic athletic disputes go besides newspaper headlines?
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), created in 1984, resolves commercial and disciplinary sports disputes through mediation or arbitration. It is administered by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport. The Court can hear original cases, appeals from International Federations (a non-government organization administering a sport at the international level) or sports organizations, and urgent cases arising during the Olympic games (through a special Ad Hoc Division). Arbitration is governed by the Statutes of the Bodies Working for the Settlement of Sports-Related Disputes, while Mediation is governed by the CAS Mediation Rules.