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  • British Olympic Association Taking LOCOG Dispute To Court Of Arbitration For Sport

    The British Olympic Association "has escalated its contractual dispute with London 2012 organisers by taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, in an effort to bypass" the IOC, according to Owen Gibson of the GUARDIAN. The BOA, under Chair Lord Colin Moynihan, "has come under fire from other Olympic partners for putting efforts to maintain a united front in the run-up to a home Games at risk and overshadowing the launch of the public ticketing drive by pursuing its claim for more money under the Host City agreement that was signed by LOCOG and the IOC." It is believed that, "having complained to the IOC about the definition" of the potential surplus from the London Games, the BOA "was not prepared to accept the governing body's decision as 'final and binding' and so resolved to take the dispute to CAS." The IOC "will go ahead and publish its verdict on the dispute, regardless of the fact that a claim has now been lodged at CAS" (GUARDIAN, 3/11). In London, Ashling O'Connor reports it is "understood that the IOC and LOCOG will be co-defendants in the case under the terms of the host-city contract signed by" the BOA, then-London Mayor Ken Livingstone and IOC President Jacques Rogge "when London was awarded the Games in July 2005" (LONDON TIMES, 3/11).

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