Sports Dispute Resolution Services

International & Domestic Sports Arbitration

Sports arbitration has become a highly specialized area of law. The European Court of Justice has approved the notion of a “sporting exception”, which through years of jurisprudence, sets sport apart from other economic and social activities. The sporting exception warrants dedicated and specialized tribunals to adjudicate sport-related matters. Such specialized tribunals include the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as many sport-specific tribunals at the national level such as the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.


Arbitration is legally binding and internationally enforceable. There are many beneficial aspects of sport-specific tribunals, such as the potential for faster and more tailored dispute-resolution processes and decision making by specialized adjudicators who are experienced with sports-related disputes.

Tyr's litigators have substantial experience with international and domestic arbitrations, as well as court proceedings seeking to invalidate or enforce sports arbitration awards. Tyr Sports has litigated on behalf of athletes, coaches, teams, leagues and governing organizations. Some of the national and international tribunals and federations with which Tyr Sports has experience and/or expertise include:


  • Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  • International Testing Agency (ITA)
  • World Athletics (formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF)
  • International Tennis Federation (ITF)
  • International Fencing Federation (FIE)
  • World Dodgeball Federation
  • International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF)
  • Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), the dispute resolution mechanism for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
  • Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
  • UK Anti-Doping
  • United States Centre for Safe Sport

Within Canada:

  • Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC)
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)
  • Canada Soccer
  • Ontario Soccer
  • Wrestling Canada Lutte
  • Skate Canada
  • Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton
  • Canada Basketball
  • Cricket Canada
  • Equestrian Canada
  • Swimming Canada
  • Canada Artistic Swimming
  • Alpine Canada
  • Canada Snowboard
  • Gymnastics Canada