Sports Law Blog

19 May 2021

eSports vs. the Law

Gone are the days of computer gaming being viewed as a secluded activity; gaming is now a thoroughly social experience that attracts a global audience of millions and players can compete for large sums of money and celebrity. This burgeoning industry is largely in a virtual world and has developed in a blockchain, decentralised fashion. Often the UK government talks up the UK gaming industry and how keen the government is to support this sector, and there have been instances that show support, but when it comes to playing games competitively, law and regulations have not yet caught up.

Robert Houchill

6 April 2020

Testing in Testing Times: WADA Anti-Doping Guidance for Athletes in light of COVID-19

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has recently issued guidance to athletes in which acknowledges the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic will cause, not just for athletes, but for the entire sporting community who are committed to protecting clean sport

Julie Norris

12 March 2019

Medical cannabis in sport – what athletes need to know

With the use of medical cannabis on the rise, athletes should bear in mind that some types of cannabinoids are still Prohibited Substances and if an athlete tests positive, they could still face a lengthy ban. 

Claire Parry

4 January 2019

World Anti-Doping Agency confirms Russia misses doping deadline

On 20 September 2018, athletes and sports fans alike were left in shock following the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) controversial decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as compliant following allegations of mass state-sponsored doping.

Kathryn Sheridan

26 September 2018

Another knockout blow for streaming servers?

Anthony Joshua not only successfully defended his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO titles when finishing off his Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin in the 7th round in the Wembley Stadium boxing ring on Saturday night but he also was a winner in the more rarefied surroundings of the Business and Property Court (Intellectual Property List Chancery Division) of the High Court of Justice just 2 days before.

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