Duty of care in sport: time for a sports ombudsman?

Anderson, Jack and Partington, Neil Duty of care in sport: time for a sports ombudsman? International Sports Law Review. ISSN 1467-6680 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The first of the seven priority recommendations to be found in Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care Review of UK Sport (2017) proposed the establishment of a Sports Ombudsman. The suggestion for such an office had been made by the authors at the consultation phase of the Review. This article sketches out how, in ensuring that national sports governing bodies discharge their duty of care, this Ombudsman might work, the scope of its jurisdiction and the enforcement of its recommendations. Various models are suggested with the emphasis on an accessible, athlete-centred and fully accountable approach to dispute resolution in UK sport. Of particular interest will be the suggested “maladministration” model, which, if ever acted upon, would give a Sports Ombudsman extensive powers of oversight and redress over UK sport and which might, if successful, provide the model for an independent, athlete-accountable, international sports ombudsman’s office.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Duty of Care in Sport Report; UK Sports Ombudsman.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Neil Partington
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 16:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71965

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