World Triathlon is proud to announce that its Secretary General, Antonio Fernández Arimany, has been elected Vice-President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in elections held today in the Olympic capital of Lausanne. Mr Alimani has been a member of the court since 2018, becoming the first Spaniard to hold such a position in an international sports regulatory framework. Also among the new tribunal members elected at the Lausanne Congress was triathlon and dual Olympic medalist Nicola Spirig (Switzerland).
“It is an honor for me personally and for the International Federation as a whole, to have our Secretary-General as Vice-President of the most important legal body in sport’s governing body means that we Voices will be heard as we continue to strive to implement best practice and learn from the best in the world. At World Triathlon, we are very proud that our Executive Committee members, especially Mr. Arimany , being able to collaborate in such a prestigious international body is further proof that our policies are sound and that our members are highly respected internationally,” said Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC member.
Internship at iCAS, excellent performance has led him to be elected to this position”, she added.
Highest representative of the legal environment in the field of sports. I promise, as always, I will do my duty with all my might and integrity to ensure that the rights of athletes and sporting institutions are upheld,” Mr Arimany said.
Mr. Arimany was elected in 2018 as a member of iCAS, the CAS government agency responsible for its administration and finances. It is composed of twenty international judges and lawyers active in the fields of justice, international arbitration and sports management. Arimany is also Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the International Summer Olympic Federation (ASOIF) and a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee. He also has extensive experience in the Olympic Movement, having worked on the Organizing Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has been involved in various Olympic bid processes.
In December 2016, Mr. Arimany was elected Secretary General of World Triathlon, a position he still holds today. Since 2014, he has served as the agency’s General Manager, and from 2010 to 2014 as Director of Legal Administration and Director of Finance.
CAS is an independent international legal body based in Lausanne (Switzerland) that resolves legal disputes in the field of sports through arbitration and mediation. The jurisdiction of CAS is recognized by all Olympic sports federations, the International Olympic Committee and many non-Olympic sports federations. CAS registers approximately 600 cases per year.
The following appointments were approved at the CAS meeting in Lausanne on the composition of the Court for the next four years:
– Chairman: John Coates AC Sir, from Australia.
– Vice-Chairs: Michael Lenard (United States), Elisabeth Steiner (Austria) and Antonio F. Arimany (Spain)
– Appellate District Chair: Corinne Schmidhauser (Switzerland)
– Appellate District Vice Chair District: Elisabeth Steiner (Austria)
– General District President: Carole Malinvaud (France)
– Vice President General District: Giulio Napolitano (Italy)
– Anti-Doping District Chair : Ivo Eusebio (Switzerland)
– Deputy Anti-Doping Field Chair: David W. Rivki (USA)
John Coates, Michael Lenard, Elisabeth Steiner, Antonio Arimany, Corinne Schmidhauser and Carole Malinvaud will be new members of the CAS Executive Committee. Among the new members of the arbitral tribunal elected by the Lausanne Congress is triathlon double Olympic medalist Nicola Spirig (Switzerland). Ms. Spirig was elected as an independently appointed member of ICAS to replace former member Judge Monique Jametti (Switzerland). She is a jurist, former professional triathlete, 2012 Olympic champion, 2016 Olympic silver medalist and seven-time European champion.