The EU General Court rules that sports associations cannot stop athletes from competing in third-party events (International Skating Union)

On 16 December 2020, the General Court largely confirmed the European Commission’s Decision according to which the International Skating Union’s (the “ISU”) rules on eligibility are contrary to EU competition law. However, it partially annulled the Commission’s Decision on the ground that it failed to demonstrate the anticompetitive effects of the ISU’s arbitration rules. The ISU is the sole body recognized by the International Olympic Committee to administer figure skating and speed skating on ice. Background on the ISU’s eligibility rules In 2017, following a complaint two years earlier by professional speed skaters Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt, the

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Ivan Pico Toro, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, The EU General Court rules that sports associations cannot stop athletes from competing in third-party events (International Skating Union), 16 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 98484

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