Lawyers from the International Company "SILA International Lawyers" Decided to Assist the International Union of Lawyers in the Noble Mission of Protecting the Rights of Athletes and Supporting World Sports


Deputy Chairman of the International Union of Lawyers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Protection of Athletes' Rights Anatoly Peskov and General Director of the international company SILA International Lawyers Yuri Zaitsev signed a framework agreement on cooperation in order to provide legal assistance to athletes of the Russian Federation and foreign countries.

Under this agreement, the two organizations will jointly protect the rights of professional athletes, including their labor and civil rights. The parties agreed to protect athletes from any kind of discrimination, political pressure, and criminal offenses, unjustified and excessive sports sanctions, illegal criminal and administrative prosecutions related to their professional activities.

SILA International Lawyers is now ready to conclude agreements on legal assistance with professional athletes, sports federations, leagues, agents and clubs. Lawyers are ready to defend the rights of professional athletes in national, international sport and other organizations, they are also ready to be mediators, to represent the interests of athletes in international and national arbitration courts, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (Switzerland).

International lawyers of our Union and SILA International Lawyers are determined to fight decisively for the rights of professional athletes in Russian and international courts to receive compensation payments for athletes who have suffered from unlawful, unreasonable and excessive sanctions, criminal attacks, as well as illegal actions of officials of sports and other international and national organizations.

The International Athlete Rights Association (IARA) plans to submit applications and proposals on the protection of athletes' rights to International Olympic Committee, Committee of European Olympic Organizations, World Anti-Doping Agency, and Russian Ministry of Sports, Russian Olympic Committee, international and national sports federations and anti-doping organizations. IARA will also interact with Interpol, Europol, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Russian and foreign law enforcement agencies, supervisory and control authorities in order to protect the rights of athletes. In addition, the Association is going to submit proposals to international and national organizations on criminal, administrative and other punishment of officials who grossly violated the rights of athletes, in particular, those who responsible for death and damage to health, deceiving athletes, corruption, financial abuse in professional sports, manipulation the results of doping probes and sports competitions. The framework agreement on cooperation between SILA International Lawyers of Russia and International Association for the Protection of Athletes' Rights can be found here.

SILA International Lawyers is an international law firm widely known in the sports world, with offices in Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria. The company handles the cases of many famous athletes, coaches, agents and clubs, has extensive experience in dealing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS). This company provided legal support for many international sporting events held in the Russian Federation, including 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2020 UEFA European Championship.

The General Director of SILA International Lawyers Yuri Zaitsev is one of the most famous sports lawyers in Eastern Europe, a legal consultant to many outstanding athletes with a worldwide reputation. For a long time he worked in the Russian Football Union (RFU), was the chief lawyer of the federation and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, member of the leading commissions of this football federation. He is known as the author of many legislative amendments to the federal law "On physical culture and sports in the Russian Federation", as well as the fundamental sports regulations of the RFU. He published the monograph "Working life in the world of sports: the peculiarities of the work of athletes and coaches" and many scientific articles in the field of sports law.

Anatoly Peskov, Deputy Chairman of the International Union of Lawyers, PhD, Interpol expert, author of the textbook "Sport and Illegal Conduct" and 150 various publications, heads the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Protection of Athletes' Rights, created on September 21, 2020 at the initiative of the International Union of Lawyers and International Association for Sports Law (Greece). He has repeatedly defended the rights of Russian athletes at scientific symposia and conferences in various countries of the world and in the media. He critically assesses the state of affairs in Russian and international professional sports. Anatoly Peskov advocates for the reform of the international sports management system and international sports justice.

We very much hope that the symbiosis of these two organizations will create a solid legal international platform for protecting the rights of athletes in courts and sports organizations of various levels. We expect new victories in courts, creative ideas, legal initiatives and projects in the field of international sports from our sports lawyers.

Anatoly Peskov

Yuri Zaitsev

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