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The Universal Right to Sport: Contemporary Challenges in International Sports Events

Congress Centre, conference hall D1
Law and Society
It is currently a difficult time for Russian sport, as it comes under external pressure and attempts to isolate it. There have been some flagrant examples of unsporting behaviour. These include bans extended to Russian Paralympians, tennis players, footballers, chess players and even e-sports athletes. The mass suspension of Russian athletes may continue for some time to come and lead to their exclusion from the Olympic Games and other international competitions. Discrimination, suspension and various kinds of restrictions not only violate the rights of athletes, but also their human right to work. This is clearly a threat to the fundamental principles of sport. What does the immediate future hold for Russian sport, and what role might law play in its fate? What are the main issues in relation to ensuring people’s right to sport? How and when will Russian sport be reintegrated in the international arena?


Elena Spiridonova
Executive Director – Chief of Staff, Russian Bar Association


Sergey Alekseev
Chairman of the Sports Law Commission, Association of Lawyers of Russia
Viktor Blazheyev
Rector, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Irina Viner
Chairman of the Commission on Physical Training and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation; President, Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation
Alexander Kiknadze
Deputy General Director of the FHR, Managing Director of the VHL, Arbiter of the NCCA, ICAC at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Alexander Orlov
Director, Center for Sports Law
Andrey Fedorov
State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation

Front row participants

Victor Berezov
Deputy General Secretary, Russian Olympic Committee
Anna Numerova
Partner, EPAM Law Offices