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Michael Buckner Quoted in Around the Rings Article on Snowboarder Lawsuit Against IOC

Buckner shareholder and president Michael L. Buckner was quoted in an October 2, 2015, Around the Rings article about the lawsuit filed by USA snowboarder Justin Reiter against the International Olympic Committee in Swiss court. The article by Around the Rings (which covers news within the Olympic Movement), “U.S. Snowboarder Charges Forward with IOC Lawsuit” by Brian Pinelli states Reiter “is adamant that his rights were violated when the International Olympic Committee opted to drop snowboard parallel slalom from the 2018 PyeongChang Games”. Reiter and his legal team were in a Swiss civil court in Lausanne on September 19 when the presiding judge permitted the case to move forward.

Buckner informed Around the Rings his opinion on Reiter’s chance of success:

Attorney Michael Buckner of Florida-based Buckner Sports Law said that approval of Reiter’s case to move forward on September 19 was an “important first step,” however achieving the desired result will be a daunting task.

“The lawsuit filed by Olympic snowboarder Justin Reiter against the International Olympic Committee seeks Swiss courts to apply federal law to an interesting set of facts,” Buckner said.

“He will have a difficult, although not impossible argument to make that he and other athletes were injured if the IOC is successful in proving Swiss law was not violated because any deviations to its procedure was done with the approval and consultation of the sport’s governing body (FIS) and the IOC itself.

“Although the Olympic Charter permits the IOC to add new events no later than three years before the Games, the deadline can be bypassed if it obtains the approval of the respective IF and organizing committee of the Olympic Games.”

Buckner noted that the IOC adding new events and sports past the three-year deadline is not without precedent, citing the acceptance of skeleton and women’s bobsleigh prior to the 2002 Games, a decision taken on October 2, 1999. However, other events were not compromised.

The full article can be found on the Around the Rings website, which can be found here.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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