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Recent Developments In Russian Sports Legislation

By Sergey Yurlov
Sports Law Researcher, sport judge and member of the Russian National Union of Sport Lawyers, member of the International Association of Sports Law (IASL)

The Russian government introduces amendments to sports legislation on a rolling basis. This blog will cover the following developments.

On June 29th, Draft Law No.763029-6: "On the amendments to Article No.36 of Federal Law on Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation" to limit the participation of the Russian athletes in the Olympic Games was withdrawn from State Duma (Draft Law, Law on Sport) (See an overview of the Draft Law http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL/2015/06/russian_moves_to_limit_partici.html). No explanations were given as to why, however, the Draft Law had been criticized by athletes, sports governing bodies and other sports subjects.

On June 29th, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No.202 - FZ "On the amendments to Federal Law on Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation" and to Article 13.2 of Federal Law on Legal Status of Foreigners in the Russian Federation". (http://www.garant.ru/hotlaw/federal/633998/) (Law). The is aimed at eliminating foreign athletes, coaches and other specialists from participation in the Russian Physical Culture and Sport. According to the Law, the Russian Ministry of Sport and respective sports bodies can impose restrictions on the participation of foreign athletes and coaches in command sports (such as football and basketball). For instance, the following limitations could be imposed:

• The number of athletes who can take part in a sporting competition;
• Athletes' ages;
• The period of permanent residence within the territory of the Russian Federation; and
• The period of sports training in the Russian Federation.

On June 25th, President Putin, based on the resommendations from a Meeting of Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport, gave several assignments to the Russian Government. (http://www.kremlin.ru/acts/assignments/orders/49777). Among other things, the President instructed:

• To define the legal status of sports leagues and growth directions of professional sport;
• To amend the Law on Sport by including certain provisions on the sports disputes resolution procedure;
• To improve financial issues; and
• To create a free federal sport channel.

It appears that the most important issue concerns sports disputes resolution. It is expected that a draft law relating to this issue would be introduced to State Duma in October or November. It is suggested that the draft law would provide for the creation of a new national sports arbitration court, which should resolve all kind of sports disputes, including labor sports disputes (players v clubs). The government and Russian sports lawyers notice that it would be better to adjudicate sports related cases in a Russian (national) sports arbitration court, rather than in the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

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