Philippine Olympic Committee holds seminar on Sports Law

The Philippine Olympic Committee held a seminar on sports law last Thursday at the Meralco Mini Theater in Pasig City.

Sports officials, coaches and athletes embraced the knowledge imparted by Court of Arbitration for Sport member Enrico Pedro Ingles, lawyer Ignatius Michael Ingles and the NOC’s general counsel Alberto Agra during the four-hour discussion that evolved mostly on the rights and privileges of athletes and the obligations and duties of coaches.

Atty. Michael Ingles, the bar topnotcher in 2012 and a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, talked about obligations and liabilities that could occur in competitions as well as the Student-Athlete Protection Act, the law that covers school-based athletes from all sports.

The deputy secretary general of the NOC, Karen Tanchanco-Caballero facilitated the event attended by the president Ricky Vargas, the secretary general Patrick Gregorio and many other members of the NOC.

Enrico Ingles, a CAS member since 2002, tackled cases that were brought before the CAS, an arbitral body based in Lausanne, Switzerland, which included cases of doping and eligibility in multi-sport international competitions such as the Olympics and the Asian Games.

“If you have cases involving sports like a doping case in the Olympics, eligibility case in the Asian Games, it will not go to a regular court or judge. It goes to the CAS, which has a more specialized approach,’’ said Ingles.

Agra, meanwhile, discussed partnerships in sports. He talked about how to make sports better in the Philippines which can be achieved either through government partnerships, government and private team-up or solely private sponsorship.

After the four-hour talk on sports law in the morning, Dayrit shared his unequal knowledge in Olympism during the afternoon session.

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