July 24, 2020

Postponement of Olympics: Series on Legal Ramifications and Considerations, Part I

Postponement of Olympics: Series on Legal Ramifications and Considerations, Part I

July 24,  2020

The Modern Olympic Games are one of the largest and most complex events in the world today.  They involve 11,000 athletes (plus coaches, officials and medical personnel) from 206 countries and 44 different sports. In the Spring of 2020, the International Olympic Committee, faced with a growing COVID-19 pandemic, made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

A panel consisting of a current member of the International Olympic Committee, former Olympians and notable Sports Law attorneys will explain the structure of Olympic Movement, the legal structure of Olympic Games Organizing Committees and the crucial aspects of Games organization (including time sensitivity, venues, media infrastructure, broadcasting, security and transportation). This unique webinar will also explore the legal and organizational impacts of postponing the 2020 Games.

This webinar is the first of a three-part series covering the many challenges facing the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese organizers, sponsors, broadcasters and athletes in these extraordinary times.

Panelists:

  • Cameron Myler, New York University, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey G. Benz, JAMS and 4 New Square Chambers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Richard W. Pound Q.C., Ad. E., Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal, Canada

Presented by: Sports Law Committee

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