International Conference: "Sports Law-A Review of Developments": Moscow, Russia, 29 June 2007

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More than sixty scholars and practitioners of sports law attended the first Moscow International Conference entitled "Sports Law--A Review of Developments" held at the Moscow State Academy of Law on 29 June 2007. The organisers of this conference were the Moscow State Academy of Law, the Russian Olympic Committee, the Russian Football Association, the Russian Federation for Employment Law and Social Security, the Russian Sports Law Association, and the Youth Sports Commission. It was chaired by Professor Dr. K.N. Gusov and Associate Professor Dr. D.I. Rogachov (both members of the Moscow State Academy of Law).

The conference opened with two main presentations. Professor Klaus Vieweg, Vice President of the International Association of Sports Law, talked about "Sponsoring and the Olympics", while A.V. Shapovalov, Chair of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sports, discussed aspects of the new draft bill on physical culture and sports.

Professor Vieweg first drew attention to the fact that Russia although undoubtedly a major player among sports countries--tended to be underrepresented at international conferences and in existing literature on sports law. This conference was therefore a welcome step and gave out an important signal. In his presentation, Professor Vieweg discussed the increasing commercialisation and problems of the Olympic Games and detailed the complex relations between the IOC, the national Olympic committees, the national organising committees, the sponsors and the media. While the financial input of sponsors opened up new and interesting opportunities, he felt that it also involved a real risk of loss of independence. His concluding wish that Russia might once again host the Olympic Games came true only a few days later when the city of Sochi was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. …

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