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Former WADA President Dick Pound Vies for CAS Presidency

February 3, 2008 – Dick Pound, the 65-year-old Montreal lawyer who stepped down as president the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Dec. 31, is in the running for the presidency of sport’s highest court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as reported on Saturday in the Toronto Star.

The IOC nominated Pound and Geneva-based lawyer Robert Briner (former president of the International Court of Justice and president of the International Court of Arbitration for the International Chamber of Commerce) for one of the most powerful positions in sport. The CAS is the highest court for Olympic and amateur sport, and is the final arbiter and ultimate appeal in cases regarding doping and other severe penalties that have run the course through national bodies and international federations.

In 2001 Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, lost his bid for the presidency of the IOC to Belgian Jacques Rogge. The CAS has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries and handles about 200 cases a year.

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