Qatar is positioning itself to become a regional and international leader in sports law and governance.
The country has already made significant progress and hosts the newly established Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal (QSAT), an independent organisation which resolves sports-related disputes through arbitration and mediation.
Also, Qatar is home to the only World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) accredited anti-doping laboratory in the region and has launched a range of initiatives on sports integrity.
Currently, international sports law is governed by a wide range of institutions and organisations. These include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). All are involved in creating and enforcing the rules that govern international sports.
To build on the country’s strengths the Qatar International Court & Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) is considering creating an arbitration institution. It would expand the work of the QSAT and make Qatar the leading regional hub for sports law and dispute resolution.
These initiatives will enhance the country’s reputation in international sports while providing significant economic benefits associated with it. They shall be viewed as an opportunity to develop the infrastructure and to complement the country`s ongoing investment in the sports industry.
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