FIVB President Jizhong Wei and CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb signed an accord which will see CAS replace the International Volleyball Tribunal as FIVB’s ultimate dispute resolution body, subject to the approval of the FIVB Congress in September.
The FIVB had previously signed an agreement in 1994 – along with the International Olympic Committee, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations and the Association of National Olympic Committees – related to the constitution of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport but with reservations which included recognising CAS as the ultimate appeals body for doping matters only, with all other disputes submitted to the FIVB’s International Volleyball Tribunal.
Tuesday’s ceremony follows the FIVB Board of Administration’s decision in 2011 to revise the internal dispute resolution procedures and to approve CAS as the last instance appeals body for all disputes within the FIVB family.
The Olympic family – international sports federations and National Olympic Committees – recognise the jurisdiction of CAS by including in their statutes an arbitration clause referring disputes to it.
Through compliance with the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code all federations have also recognised the jurisdiction of CAS for anti-doping rule violations.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is an institution independent of any sports organization which provides services in order to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world.
CAS was created in 1984 and is placed under the administrative and financial authority of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).
CAS has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries, chosen for their specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law. Around 300 cases are registered by CAS every year.