x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Sport court to open in Abu Dhabi

Court, an affiliate of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, is expected to be up and running within six months.

ABU DHABI // A court to rule on sports cases according to international laws is one step closer to opening in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Centre of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was officially launched yesterday.

It is to educate judges on international sports law, and hold seminars and other meetings between sports federations in the country to prepare them for the new court.

Mohammed Al Kamali, secretary general of the UAE National Olympic Committee, believes that the court will be up and running within six months.

Once it opens, cases involving disputes between clubs, or members and a club, will be sent to the CAS for a final verdict.

John Coates, president of the Swiss-based International Council of Arbitration for Sport, said the court's laws would soon be translated into Arabic.

Ibrahim Abdel Malik, general secretary of the general authority for sports and youth, said UAE courts see a lot of sports cases.

"Cases, which include contract breaches, and club disputes, are sometimes dealt with under the labour law, or other laws that are related to it," he said.

"But with this court, all cases will go to it."

Abu Dhabi would be the first city in the world to host a CAS chamber outside Switzerland.