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Emir Crowne appointed to Sport Resolutions panel

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:16 AMRachid Parchment/ Sports News Coordinator

Sports lawyer Dr Emir Crowne has been appointed to the Sport Resolutions' Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators in the United Kingdom.

Sports Resolutions handles cases from United Kingdom Anti-Doping and the International Tennis Federation. Crowne's stint with the body started on Sunday and will continue until March 31, 2021.

He said his appointment means that there is improvement in the quality of law being practised in the Caribbean.

"It's a great honour to be named to their roster of mediators and arbitrators," he said. "It is a sign that there is a growing expertise in sports law in the Caribbean, such that we may no longer need to constantly rely on outside lawyers and outside counsel to deal with our own sports law and governance problems. This is a sign of the growing depth that exists in terms of sports law in Jamaica and throughout the Carib-bean - in Barbados, The Bahamas, St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, and so on."

The lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the Mona campus of the University of West Indies said that his new role should not create any conflicts of interests with his other respon-sibilities.

"I don't see any conflict in continuing to represent Caribbean athletes for local matters," Crowne said. "There's no right of appeal to Sport Resolutions. The right of appeal would be to the local anti-disciplinary panel (Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), in the case of Jamaica, and then to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). So, [if] I get a CAS appointment, then I could see a potential conflict of interest, but otherwise, I don't see any possible conflicts in the Caribbean or in Canada (where he also practises)."

Crowne is locally renowned for his success in reducing client Dominique Blake's six-year ban for a doping violation to 18 months after an appeal to CAS. He is also more recently known for successfully defending national 400m sprinter Riker Hylton in a case of evading a drug test brought against him by JADCO last year.