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Should the FCPA Apply to International Sports Agencies?

Tom Fox | November 28, 2015

What is happening with the intersection of sports and corruption? It seems as if several pillars of the international sporting world have come crashing down in the past few months through corruption scandals.

Obviously the FIFA scandal is paramount on the minds of many people since the indictments of senior FIFA officials in May. Just this past week, the scandal went to a new level with the announcement that FIFA was seeking to ban disgraced (and suspended) President Sepp Blatter and executive committee member Michel Platini for life.

Yet FIFA is not the only sporting organization that has faced such challenges. Earlier this month, an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed widespread use of performance enhancing drugs and blood doping by Russian track and field athletes, who were encouraged and covered up by coaches, doctors, and state and sports officials. The report was released after a year-long investigation.


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