‘Oman an Olympic val­ues leader’

John Coates, In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport di­rec­tor ap­pre­ci­ated Oman’s na­tional sports dis­putes res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism

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MUS­CAT: Oman is a leader when it comes to uphold­ing the val­ues of the Olympic spirit and ob­serv­ing fair play and true sports­man­ship.

That’s ac­cord­ing to John Coates, the di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (ICAS), which is hold­ing their bian­nual meet­ing in the Sul­tanate, the first time. “We recog­nise that in Oman, you have leg­is­la­tion to es­tab­lish your own sports tri­bunal for na­tional dis­putes, and we recog­nise that in this re­gard, Oman is a leader, cer­tainly among the Gulf coun­tries, and across many parts of the world,” he said.

“It is crit­i­cal that the ath­letes want a level play­ing field, and that the sports they par­tic­i­pate in are con­ducted ac­cord­ing to the rel- evant rules. They want to know that their sports are ad­min­is­tered properly.”

“We were in­vited here by Oman’s Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, and we nor­mally have two coun­cil meet­ings ev­ery year. We try to take one of those meet­ings around the world, and we ac­cepted the in­vite to come here,” added Coates. “I would ad­vise all ath­letes in Oman to be con­fi­dent that they are prac­tis­ing sports in a coun­try that re­spects its in­tegrity.”

“From ev­ery­thing I have seen here, that is the case, and if there are any dis­putes, I am sure the ath­letes here will take com­fort in the fact that these will be re­solved swiftly,” added the Aus­tralian. “Very few cases have come to trial in Oman, and I re­alise that this is be­cause when every­one sits down, there is a rep­u­ta­tion here for be­ing friendly and not at all ag­gres­sive.”

Eigh­teen of the 20 mem­bers of ICAS had come to Oman for the meet­ing, which was only the sec­ond of its kind in the Mid­dle East.

“It is im­por­tant for us to connect with the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees of the mem­ber na­tions of Olympics through­out the world,” said Matthieu Reeb, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the ICAS. “One of our annual meet­ings is al­ways held in our head­quar­ters in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, and we use these meet­ings to cre­ate strong bonds of friend­ship with our host nation,” he said.

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MEET­ING: The In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport is hold­ing their bi-annual meet­ing in the Sul­tanate.

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