The Independent Hearing Panel 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’s services.
In January 2021, Sport Resolutions entered into an agreement with the International Testing Agency (ITA) to operate the Independent Hearing Panel, which is available to determine first instance anti-doping matters for International Federations or any other Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) wishing to make use of the tribunal’s services.
This service enables International Federations (IFs) and ADOs to ensure that the right to a fair hearing is met, providing both institutional and operational independence at first instance in line with (and surpassing the requirements of) the International Standard for Results Management.
The International Hearing Panel draws upon the expertise and experience of Sport Resolutions’ International Panel, from which panels are constituted. Uniquely, that expertise includes not only legally qualified Chairpersons but also specialist arbitrators with expertise in relevant fields such as science, pharmacology, psychology, medicine and sport – all with significant experience adjudicating anti-doping matters.
Additionally, athletes involved in proceedings administered by Sport Resolutions have the ability to request legal advice and representation via its Pro Bono Service.
The ADOs who select to use the International Hearing Panel will be joining a number of IFs and Regional Anti-Doping Organisations that have already decided to refer their matters to Sport Resolutions for independent adjudication.
The Procedural Rules of the International Hearing Panel can be accessed here and can be adopted by any federation wishing to convey jurisdiction on the International Hearing Panel via referral clause within the relevant anti-doping rules. To learn more about the possibility of referring matters to the International Hearing Panel, ADOs can get in touch with us at email@example.com / (+44) 020 7036 1966.