Selection disputes inevitably arise prior to any major games such as an Olympics. Prior to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, some 25 team selection disputes were heard in Canada. In anticipation of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, an ad-hoc arbitration system was put in place in Canada to deal with these disputes. To assist the roster of adjudicators appointed to hear these disputes, the Centre for Sport and Law compiled and reviewed some 30 sport selection disputes from Canadian courts and tribunals. In this article, the authors summarize the legal basis for decision-making in sport and present some key themes that emerged from the review of these cases.
Originally published: Journal of Entertainment Law, 2002