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Head Coach of the Russian Rhythmic Team, Irina Viner, faces a langthy ban after a decision in disciplinary proceedings by Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF). Louis Weston acted on behalf of GEF.

Louis Weston acts for Gymnastics Ethics Foundation in resitting an appeal by Russian Rhythmic Head Coach

Outer Temple’s Louis Weston acts for Gymnastics Ethics Foundation in resisting an appeal by Ms Viner (Head Coach of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics) and cross appealing a decision in the case of the Russian Gymnastics Federation and its members.

The Gymnastics Ethics Foundation Appeal Tribunal Panel (GEF AT Panel) released its decision on 22nd of November 2023 in the appeal of Ms. Irina Viner against the decision of the GEF Disciplinary Commission which was released on the 6th of March 2023 (click here to read more), and the cross‑appeal filed by the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF) against the same decision on issues of costs and the liability of the Artistic Gymnastics Federation of Russia (AGFR).

In its decision, the GEF AT Panel largely confirms the decision rendered on 6 March 2023 by the GEF Disciplinary Commission by upholding Ms. Viner’s two-year suspension from participating or receiving any accreditation for any role at an international competition. The appeal on liability by Ms Viner was dismissed and the cross appeal allowed reinforcing the principles of member federations’ liability for domestic bodies and members. A full summary can be found here.

To read the decision, click here.

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Louis Weston is a sports lawyer with a successful and established practice in Sports RegulationGovernance, Disciplinary CasesSafeguarding and Anti-Doping. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in the UK involving corruption in sport and has acted for and advised national and international sports regulatory bodies in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and Asia across a range of sports including Horseracing, Snooker, Badminton, Rugby, Darts, Cricket, Gymnastics, and Greyhound Racing.

To find out more about Louis, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Ben Fitzgerald +44 (0)20 758 4759 for a confidential discussion.

News 24 Nov, 2023


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