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  • Time For An International Sports Convention

    That's right, I said it! I've been saying this since the Butch Reynolds controversy in 1992. It is time that all of the nations get together for an international sports convention. Like the Hague (whose laws settle international disputes) and Berne (where copyright jurisdiction is the same from one country to another), an international sports convention can:

    1) draft laws assuring due process. Butch Reynolds should have been allowed to go to Barcelona as an alternate pending an international hearing (of couse, in this situation, Spain and the United States have to be a signatores). Butch ran in the 92 US trials because the Courts here said that he had due process rights.

    2) Would prevent countries raiding players from each other without penalty or compensation. For example, if an NBA team signs someone from a European league, that NBA team, under the convention, would have to compensate the Euopean team. The same would be with MLB signing players from Japan, etc (George Steinbrenner paying the Yamiuri Giants for landing Hideki Matsui?????).

    3) May resolve, or even prevent, nonsense like these allegations that have come out recently. Peace.

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    Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

    >3) May
    >resolve, or even prevent, nonsense like these
    >allegations that have come out recently. Peace.

    How specifically would that work? People will cheat whether you have a convention or not.

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    • #3
      Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

      I think DF means that no one could ACCUSE anyone of drug usage - good luck with that. Instead of a convention, how about integrity? Too radical?

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      • #4
        Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

        My point here is for due process. To prevent guilty until proven innocent. The burden of proof should be on the accuser, not the accused. It's a shame that Butch Reynolds had to go through all of that to prove his innocence, but the IAAF never to this day, had to admit the horrendously flawed testing that went on in Lussanne in that meet that day in 1990!!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

          >My point here is for due process. To prevent guilty until proven innocent. The burden of proof should be on the accuser, not the accused. It's a shame that Butch Reynolds had to go through all of that to prove his innocence, but the IAAF never to this day, had to admit the horrendously flawed testing that went on in Lussanne in that meet that day in 1990!!!!>>

          unfortunately american law is different from international law or the law of the iaaf...

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          • #6
            Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

            Couldn't all athletes be required to sign a contract with USATF before being allowed to participate in USATF events and being named to USA temas that give up some of the rights they hide behind to avoid drug penalties?

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            • #7
              Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

              They could sign something like that and then USATF could watch as it got struck down by every court in the US. Some rights you never give up no matter what piece of paper you sign.

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              • #8
                Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                Uhh, you've never heard of CAS?

                And given how litigious people (espcially Americans) are in this day and age, even if somebody goes to CAS,if they lost, they'll run back to their home's legal system and go for an overturn.

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                • #9
                  Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                  >Uhh, you've never heard of CAS?

                  And given how litigious people (espcially Americans) are in this day and age, even if somebody goes to CAS,if they lost, they'll run back to their home's legal system and go for an overturn.<

                  Uhh, you've never heard of the New York Convention? If a matter has been submitted to, and decided by, arbitration, civil counts in the US and in any signatory nation will not overturn the arbitral decision. If you don't believe me, why don't you call Mary Slaney or her lawyers?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                    Bad idea. We had to kill boat-loads of Redcoats to get our sovereignty, and now some crypto-commie wants us to give it over to the Hague. No chance, Frenchie.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                      Who cares about drugs in sports. Lets talk about the plight of US distance runners instead. That is actually important.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                        Oh no, Annoying Bastard is back.


                        Go away

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                        • #13
                          Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                          "Lets talk about the plight of US distance runners instead"

                          You need to talk with someone who can help you figure out why you keep avoiding getting a life by talking about the plight of US distance runners.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Time For An International Sports Convention

                            Well said.

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