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Brazil: No Tourist Visa Required for Entry During 2016 Olympic Games

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a law that waives the requirement for foreigners to have a tourist visa to enter the country during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Brazil in 2016. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Dispensa de Visto para Turistas Durante Olimpíada de 2016, AGÊNCIA BRASIL […]

Japan: Sports Agency Established, Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics Special Act Enacted

(June 5, 2015) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) has adopted two acts that are designed to support preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. One is an amendment to the Act on Establishment of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); it was promulgated on May 20, 2015. (Act No. 21, 2015, […]

Brazil: No Violent Fans for the World Cup

(June 23, 2014) On June 10, 2014, the Ministry of Justice published Administrative Act No. 933, which provides that entrance into the country is to be denied during Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup to anyone who is included in the National System of Wanted Persons (Sistema Nacional de Procurados e Impedidos) as a “member […]

Russia: New Rules for Sports Fans Introduced

(Feb. 11, 2014) On January 20, 2014, a government regulation entitled On Rules for Spectators’ Behavior at Official Sports Events entered into force. (Government Regulation No. 1156 of December 16, 2013 [in Russian] [hereinafter Regulation], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (Dec. 19, 2013).) The Regulation appears to be a response to increased violence and intolerance recently demonstrated by […]

Russia: Federal Law to Regulate Soccer Tournaments

(July 12, 2013) On June 8, 2013, in line with preparations for the Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law that provides for the increased involvement of federal and local government authorities in the building of infrastructure for this tournament and in supervising the […]

Norway: Amended Law Prohibits Purchase and Use of Anabolic Steroids

(July 9, 2013) <?Norway's Medicinal Products Act was amended on June 14, 2013, to make the use and purchase of anabolic steroids illegal. Formerly, it was illegal to import and sell these substances in Norway, but not to buy or consume them. (Julie Ryland, Illegal to Buy and Consume Anabolic Steroids in Norway, THE NORWAY […]

Fiji: Anti-Doping Treaty Ratified

(Nov. 24, 2010) On November 17, 2010, Fiji deposited its instrument of ratification of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport with the United Nations. Under the provisions of the treaty, it will come into force in Fiji on January 1, 2011. (Ratification by Fiji of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 […]

Slovak Republic: New Public Entertainment Rules

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 24, 2008, Ivan Gasparovic, the President of the Slovak Republic, signed a new Law on Organizing Public Sports and Tourism Events. The Law is aimed at improving safety at sports arenas and making sports fans' behavior at stadiums more civilized by prescribing stricter rules for spectators, increasing the responsibility of […]

United Nations: Treaty Against Doping in Sports

(Nov. 18, 2008) One hundred countries have now signed a global treaty against doping in competitive sports. Paraguay signed the agreement on November 12, 2008, making it possible to reach that goal. The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which was adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2005, […]

Israel: Prohibition of Violence in Sports

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 30, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Prohibition of Violence in Sports Law, 5768-2008. The Law incorporates provisions previously applicable only to soccer and basketball based on specific amendments of the Safety in Public Places Law, 5723-1962. The Law is designed to improve law enforcement and eliminate violence in […]