The Philippine Olympic Committee held a seminar on sports law on Thursday at the Meralco Mini Theater in Pasig City.

Sports officials, coaches and athletes embraced the knowledge imparted by Court of Arbitration for Sport member Enrico Pedro Ingles, his son and fellow lawyer Ignatius Michael “Mickey’’ Ingles and POC general counsel Alberto Agra during the four-hour discussion that evolved mostly on the rights and privileges of athletes and the obligations and duties of coaches.

Atty. Mickey Ingles, the bar topnotcher in 2012 and a full-time professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, talked about obligations and liabilities that could occur in competitions as well as the Student-Athlete Protection Act, the law that covers school-based athletes from all sports.

“If you’re an athlete and you got injured, can you sue the one who injured you?’’ said Ingles. “If you’re a coach, what are you’re duties? What do you teach your players?

“When an athlete suddenly collapses while you’re coaching, can the coach be liable for it? If you’re an organizer or a facility owner or a school, when someone gets injured while playing in you’re facility, can you be sued?’’

These were some of the questions raised by Ingles, team captain of the Ateneo men’s football team that captured the UAAP three seasons in a row back in 2004-2006.

POC deputy secretary general Karen Tanchanco-Caballero facilitated the event attended by POC president Ricky Vargas, POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio, POC communications director Ed Picson, former POC president Celso Dayrit and POC membership committee chair Robert Bachmann.

(From l-r) Atty. Mickey Ingles, Alberto Agra and Enrico Ingles.

Enrico Ingles, a CAS member since 2002, tackled cases that were brought before the CAS, an arbitral body based in Lausanne, Switzerland, which included cases of doping and eligibility in multi-sport international competitions such as the Olympics and the Asian Games.

According to Ingles, most of the CAS arbitrators who handle these cases are former athletes who are well-versed in sports law.

“If you have cases involving sports like a doping case in the Olympics, eligibility case in the Asian Games, it will not go to a regular court or judge. It goes to the CAS, which has a more specialized approach,’’ said Ingles.

Agra, meanwhile, discussed partnerships in sports. He talked about how to make sports better in the Philippines which can be achieved either through government partnerships, government and private team-up or solely private sponsorship.

After the four-hour talk on sports law in the morning, Dayrit shared his unequal knowledge in Olympism during the afternoon session.


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