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“BCCI Registers New Constitution: A Move Closer To Implementing Lodha Recommendations Yet Far From It”

“The heart, kidney, lungs are being taken out of these reforms”- Justice RM Lodha (on implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations by BCCI)
The BCCI –Lodha saga has seen many interesting twists and turns in the recent past. The attempts at cleansing the maladministration of cricket in the country has given mixed results and received halfhearted approval from the administrators. On August 9, 2018, Supreme Court of India approved, BCCI’s new constitution, formulated largely in accordance with the Lodha Committee recommendations. Although 30 days, time frame was speculated for its implementation by the state associations, it is yet to garner complete acceptance. In this article, Atul Lakshman delineates the history, rationale and a succinct analysis of the revamped BCCI Constitution.

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Match Manipulation and Inadequacy of Indian Criminal Law

“The integrity of the game is everything” Peter Uberroth
Sporting Integrity is one of the most controversial points of the current century. Issues such as doping, betting, gambling, match-manipulation have engulfed the sporting sphere. In India, the issue of match-fixing has sprung up time and again, highlighting the inadequacy of the current system of administration and governance in mitigating its occurrence. In this article, our Guest Contributor, – Ishwar Singh Poonia has explained the complexities of regulation of match-fixing regulation in India.

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A take on India’s emerging competition law jurisprudence:Deciphering India’s leading sports law cases (Part 2)

“Competition is the spice of sports, but if you make spice the whole meal, you will be sick” – George Leonard
The above quote is an apt description of the relation of sports with both on filed competitiveness and competition law. Part 1 of this article explored the unique conceptual cross-roads of the application of competition law principles in sports. In this article Rishika Mendiratta elaborates upon the interpretation and application of these principles in various Indian sports legal issues. The article also deliberates on the possible ways and means of balancing the various competing interests in sports governance and administration.

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Demarcating a fine competitive balance: Exploring the monopolistic rationale of sports governing bodies in India (Part 1)

The business of sports is the ultimate competition. It is 7 x 24 x 365 x forever.

Competition law and sports have always found themselves at interesting cross-roads. Starting from the landmark judgments in the Surinder Singh Barmi and Hockey India case to the recent Competition Commission of India orders pertaining to the All India Chess Federation and Athletic Federation, the competition law jurisprudence of sports in India has taken an interesting turn. Considering the importance of this issue, Rishika Mendiratta has given a detailed yet lucid analysis of competition law principles in sports administration.

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Can Sports Moves be Patented under the Indian Patents Act ?

By Abhay Singh (student of OP Jindal Global Law School) and Sakshi Pawar (co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“Inventions Change the World, Not Patents” ― Kalyan C. Kankanala

Our Guest Contributor Abhay Singh and Managing Editor Sakshi Pawar contemplate the possibility of patenting sports moves in India. The granting of a patent to any inventive step is contentious because it drives competitors away and competition is the very essence of any riveting gameplay. However, there are rarely unique sports moves created that change the effectiveness of the play, such that it seems unreasonable to deny incentives to those who do. Battling the contentions for and against patenting of sports moves, this article shines a light on the less emphasized but much needed sports IPR debate in India.

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Un/Regulated Industry of Un/Licensed intermediaries in India’s football market

By – Sudipto Hambir (2nd Year Student at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences) and Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita.” –Swami Vivekanda

The importance and impact of the beautiful game is transcendental. After the conclusion of the Under -17 FIFA World Cup and consistent efforts by India to catalyze the development of sport in the country, we are certainly headed in the right direction. Intermediaries play an indispensable role in the professional growth and development of the football in general and the athletes in particular. This necessitates an analysis of the regulatory framework governing them in the present times. Our Guest Contributor Sudipto Hambir and Managing Editor Rishika Mendiratta delve into the intricacies of the Intermediary Regulations as implemented in India and globally.

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Surinder Singh Barmi v. BCCI : Analysis of the Competition Law principles

By Tejaswa Naswa (IVth year – National  Law Institute University, Bhopal)

The interface between sports and competition law has always interested the academicians and the professionals alike. In India one case which stands out for competition law analysis is Surinder Singh Barmi v BCCI. Our Guest Contributor Tejaswa Sood elaborately traces the development of the case and details the arguments and analysis of this important judgment.

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A Primer on Esports in India-Analysis of the Governance Model

By Rishika Mendiratta ( Founder and Managing Editor of KhelAdhikar)

This time the topic is the unexplored domain of Esports. Being a demonstration sports in Asian games 2018, and a potential entrant for Olympics in 2024, it is time we understand the legal and policy framework of this burgeoning phenomenon in the world of sports.

In this article Rishika Mendiratta has explained the governance model of Esports in the country.

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India closer to egalitarian play: A look at women in sports

By Wilfred Synrem (Chief Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“Don’t let anyone tell you, you are weak because you are a woman. If I being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and never give up” Mary Kom

Female athletes hope to inspire other girls into pursuing sports as a promising career. But, at the same time, does the system in sport encourage such young girls? For that matter, does the society encourage the same?

Since time immemorial, women have overcome discrimination in sports, including the gender pay gap, the sexual harassment incidents or the lack of opportunities. But the recent years, have a shown a positive sign of policy changes for women sports in India. Wilfred Synrem analyses the inequality and the gender-bias in Indian and Global Sports and the measures taken to combat the same.

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