International Sporting Bodies

We provide independent support to international federations in dealing with their arbitration, mediation, investigation and review processes.

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Please see below some of the International Sporting Bodies we work with.

World Athletics

Sport Resolutions (SR) has been operating the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal which adjudicates on matters referred to it by the Athletics Integrity Unit since late 2017. SR has administered a number of high profile cases before the Disciplinary Tribunal such as those of RusAF officials Dmitry Shlyakhtin and Artur Karamyan, 2019 World 100m champion Christian Coleman and 2019 World 400m Champion Salwa Eid Naser.  

World Athletics is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, racewalking, mountain running, and ultra-running. Included in its charge are the standardization of rules and regulations for the sports, certification of athletic facilities, recognition and management of world records, and the organisation and sanctioning of athletics competitions, including the World Athletics Championships. 

Athletics Integrity Unit

Sport Resolutions is the independent secretariat to the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal which hears and determines all first instance disciplinary cases under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules and the World Athletics Integrity Code of Conduct. The Disciplinary Tribunal currently has a panel of 47 tribunal members from 31 different countries covering all six areas recognised by World Athletics.

Through the formation of the Athletics Integrity Unit, athletics has become the first sport internationally to delegate complete authority for the management of its integrity programs to an independent body. The Athletics Integrity Unit works fully independent of World Athletics, the international governing body for track and field athletics, race walking, road, cross country, mountain, trail and ultra-running. The Athletics Integrity Unit Board has been delegated full authority to oversee the sport’s integrity issues.

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Sport Resolutions (SR) operates the ITF Independent Tribunal, and acts as its secretariat. The ITF Independent Tribunal is composed of Sport Resolutions panel members. SR also assists the ITF by operating and administering ad hoc independent tribunals during major events, such as the 2019 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Prague, and the 2021 Davis Cup Finals by Rakuten.

The International Tennis Federation is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis. The ITF's governance responsibilities include maintaining and enforcing the rules of tennis, regulating international team competitions, promoting the game, and preserving the sport's integrity via anti-doping and anti-corruption programs. The ITF partners with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to govern professional tennis.

International Testing Agency (ITA)

Through an agreement with the ITA, Sport Resolutions operates the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP), which is available to determine first instance anti-doping matters for International Federations or any other Anti-Doping Organisations wishing to make use of the tribunal. The agreement has been effective since the new World Anti-Doping Code came into force in January 2021, and the IHP has been referred matters by Olympic and non-Olympic IFs, as well as Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs).

The International Testing Agency (ITA) is an international organisation constituted in the form of a non-profit foundation and based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The ITA was set up in 2018 at the initiative of the Olympic Movement and with the support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The ITA manages independent anti-doping programs on behalf of sporting authorities. It is currently leading anti-doping efforts for more than 45 organisations, including International Federations of Olympic sports and leading event organisers. 

Rugby League International Federation

Sport Resolutions was asked to constitute panels to adjudicate on anti-doping matters. 

As the global governing body for the sport of Rugby League, the role of International Rugby League (IRL) is to foster, develop, promulgate, promote, govern and administer the game of rugby league throughout the world.

International Cricket Council (ICC)

Sport Resolutions provided mediation services for the ICC. 

The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 106 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and works with our members to grow the sport. The ICC is also responsible for the staging of all ICC Events.

The ICC presides over the ICC Code of Conduct, playing conditions, the Decision Review System and other ICC regulations. The ICC also appoints all match officials that officiate at all sanctioned international matches. Through the Anti-Corruption Unit it coordinates action against corruption and match fixing.

World Sailing

World Sailing regularly refers matters to Sport Resolutions on ad hoc basis to act as independent registrar to its internal dispute resolution bodies (eg. Ethics Board, Judicial Board). 

World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing and responsible for the promotion of the sport internationally; managing sailing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games; developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions; the training of judges, umpires and other administrators; the development of the sport around the world; and representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

Sport Resolutions has been asked to appoint panels and act as secretariat in integrity-related arbitrations brought by and against the WPBSA.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is the world governing body for the sports of snooker and billiards. The WPBSA has a wide range of functions that it is responsible for including global sports development; professional player support and representation; governance and integrity; rules and technical; grassroots and amateur sport development and coach development and referee training.

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

Sport Resolutions conducted an independent investigation into an ethics related matter of a sensitive nature.

Founded in 1900 in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people: as a competitive sport, a healthy recreational activity, a means of transport, and also just for fun. The UCI manages and promotes the eight cycling disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling. Five of these are featured on the Olympic Games programme (road, track, mountain bike, BMX Supercross and BMX Freestyle Park), two in the Paralympic Games (road and track) and four in the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike, BMX Supercross and BMX Freestyle Park).

European Rugby League

Sport Resolutions conducted an independent investigation for the ERL which looked into allegations of discrimination.

The European Rugby League (ERL) is the umbrella body for nations playing the sport of rugby league football across Europe, North & Central America, the Middle East and Africa. Previously known as the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF), the ERL oversees and co-ordinates the development of the sport in all its Member and Affiliated countries and territories, as well as neighbouring organisations that choose to link to the ERL.

World Archery

Sport Resolutions conducted an independent investigation for World Archery into an ethics and governance related matter. 

World Archery is the international governing body for the sport of archery. Its mission is to promote and regulate archery worldwide, developing the sport with over 160 member associations through international events, development initiatives and marketing and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and International World Games Association, among others.

It is responsible for setting the rules and regulations for international archery events, organising the World Archery Championships and for the sport at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Games.

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)

Between 2021 and 2022, Sport Resolutions (SR) operated the Eligibility Determination Panel (EDP) of the IWF which undertook eligibility determination of candidates for election to the IWF Board and committees in respect of their 2021 elections. SR also acted as independent secretariat to the IWF Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC), in addition to operating the Independent Investigatory Chamber (IIC), tasked with investigating integrity-related breaches and complaints brought to the EDC. The EDP and IIC were both independently appointed by SR.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is a permanent non-profit organization composed of 192 affiliated National Federations worldwide, from all five Continents. Weightlifting was one of the first sports included already in the first Modern Olympic Games 1896.

The IWF was founded in 1905, being one of the oldest International Sport Federations and is the world controlling body for weightlifting.

World Karate Federation

The ITA has been supporting the World Karate Federation (WKF) with the delivery of their anti-doping program since January 2019. The International Hearing Panel which is operated by Sport Resolutions (and available to determine first instance anti-doping matters for International Federations or any other Anti-Doping Organisations wishing to make use of the tribunal) determined two WKF anti-doping cases in 2021, with one being heard on an expedited basis.

The WKF is the largest international governing body of sport karate with 198 member countries. It was formed in 1990, is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year. The President of the WKF is Antonio Espinos, and the headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain.

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