- 16 Jun 2004
- IOC News
20th anniversary of the Court of Arbitration for Sport
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is today celebrating its 20th anniversary in Lausanne. In 1983, the IOC officially approved the statutes of the CAS, which entered into force on 30 June 1984. The CAS became independent in 1994.
A Juan Antonio Samaranch initiative
The CAS was created on the initiative of the IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, who wanted to see athletes’ legal problems handled fairly and efficiently.
In his speech to mark this anniversary, the current IOC President, Jacques Rogge, paid tribute to the “visionary qualities of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who responded to the growing problems in sport and anticipated its development”.
100 to 150 cases a year
The CAS has more than 200 arbitrators from 80 different countries, chosen for their knowledge of arbitration and sports law. Each year, the CAS handles around 100 to 150 cases.
The IOC President highlighted a key aspect of the CAS: its independence. “In the relations between sport, politics and the commercial world, such independence is vital”, he said.
The name of the CAS, its creation and independence are closely linked to its President, H.E. Judge Kéba Mbaye. “I take this opportunity to thank him for his unfailing commitment to justice and ethics in sport”, Rogge stressed before concluding: “We still have major challenges to face, and are counting more than ever on the efficiency of the CAS.”
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