Cost of International Sports Justice System More Than Doubles In Two Years to $8 Million

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 24. THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed that the cost to run the governance system of the international sports justice system, overseen by the International Council for Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), has jumped in the past year according to Inside The Games.

David Owen reports that the final figure it cost the IOC to help fund the system vaulted from $6.57 million to $8.07 million in just a year, and has more than doubled since 2010.

The ICAS system was created in 1994 with funds coming in from the IOC, the International Olympic Summer Sports Federations, the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations and the Association of National Olympic Committees. The shared fiduciary responsibility lessens the chance of a single entity attempting to bully the appeals system into specific decisions.

This additional cost demonstrates that the Olympic community is fighting back against decisions made throughout the Olympic Movement. In the past, only the more controversial cases were pushed through the appeals process. Now, most decisions wind up being appealed up through some point in the process until finally winding up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). CAS typically has the final say within the Olympic adjudication system.

Owen further reports, however, that the money spent on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which is the policing arm of the Olympic Movement when it comes to doping specific issues, has only grown two percent in the past two years.

Inside The Games article.

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