Sports-Related Disputes

Tyr has extensive experience in a wide variety of domestic and international sports-related disputes.

Led by Jim Bunting, Tyr has extensive experience in sports-related disputes. This includes representing athletes, coaches, agents, Anti-Doping Agencies and International Federations in respect of a variety of issues, including doping infractions, allegations of discrimination, contractual disputes, team selection appeals and disciplinary proceedings. Both Jim Bunting and Carlos Sayao served as the Athlete Ombudspersons to the Canadian Olympic Committee during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Jim is also a former clerk of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The list of cases below highlights some of our sports-related experience:
  • Representing South African Olympic Champion Caster Semenya (and before her Indian Olympian Dutee Chand) in international proceedings seeking to invalidate a regulation that requires certain women to lower their naturally occurring testosterone levels as a condition of participation in women's track and field.
  • Representing the World Anti-Doping Agency defending a civil proceeding commenced by three Russian cyclists who were denied entry to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Successfully represented the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in upholding the decision of the IPC to exclude the Russian Paralympic Committee from the 2016 Paralympic Games.
  • Represented Tyson Fury (former heavyweight champion) in respect of doping allegations brought by UK Anti-Doping.
  • Represented Johan Bruyneel (the former team director of the US Postal and Discovery Teams) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an appeal from a decision of an American Arbitration Association award imposing a ten-year ban on Mr. Bruyneel.
  • Acted for numerous athletes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, and National and International Federations in successfully having doping related suspensions substantially reduced or eliminated.
  • Represented Rogers/The Toronto Blue Jays in respect of the human rights complaint filed about the Cleveland MLB team name and logo.
  • Represented the members of the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team creating the first Canadian Women's Player's Association as well as in a compensation dispute with the Canadian Soccer Association.
  • Represented a team in the NHL in respect of a contractual dispute.
  • Acted for Rogers Sportsnet in an action for defamation brought by the former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
  • Represented Chris Moiser, a transgender athlete, challenging an international regulation that impacted his ability to compete in the male category.