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  • Sports Law

      • This is a combination of laws that apply to athletes and the sports they play.

        In December 2019 the South African government suggested a new Bill that will nationalise all sport in South Africa and seeks to amend the
        National Sport and Recreation Act. This Bill will give all the power to the Minister of Sports and Recreation and will deprive many sports
        federations from making choices and strip them from their status.

        Furthermore, the Bill will establish a Sport Arbitration Tribunal in order to:

        • resolve disputes between sport or recreation bodies;

        • regulate combat sport;

        • regulate the fitness industry;

        • provide for the procedure in bidding for and hosting of international sports and recreation events;

        • provide for the delegation of powers;

        • provide for offences and penalties; and

        • to provide for matters connected with the above.

        Potential problems in the Bill:

        • the role of recognised sport Confederations in some cases is replaces with only the Minister’s. furthermore, sports bodies will
        no longer be able to arrange international events without the Minister’s consent;

        • disputes between sports bodies will also only be resolved by the Minister via a tribunal;

        • Cricket SA or professional football will have to obtain permission from the Minister to make appointments with foreign coaches;

        • The Minster will be the only person allowed to award Protea colours and the powers of federations and Sascoc (South
        African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) will be limited to recommendations.

        • The Minister may change the policy that may influence team selection.

        Hi, I’m Kailash Pillay, an attorney from the city of Johannesburg. My passion for the law
        stems from a desire to improve upon the lives of the vulnerable who fall prey to a
        corrupt system.
        I studied at the University of Johannesburg where I obtained my Bachelor of Laws
        degree, the starting point to the long journey of becoming a legal practitioner.
        This profession has taught me to persevere through the complexities of the law and to
        continually develop my skills as a legal professional.