Sports Arbitration

Our team has represented clients in major sports arbitration cases. In addition, RGP team members have been appointed as arbitrators in numerous doping disputes, civil and labour disputes between athletes and clubs as well as civil law disputes between clubs and sports leagues. Such disputes have been handled by RGP lawyers in the following sports: hockey, tennis, powerlifting, swimming and rowing. Our team also participated in drawing up the Model Law On Professional Sports for the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the CIS.

Members of our team advised clients in the following landmark disputes*.

  • Representing an international sports non-governmental organisation in numerous matters, including multi-million disputes in Russian courts over ownership of the Olympic centre and hotel in Sochi
  • Representing the Russian Chess Federation in a dispute with the Organising Committee of the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, in connection with non-admission of the Russian women’s team. As a result, the Russian team was admitted to compete and received official apologies from the organisers
  • Representing former FC Lokomotiv head coach Leonid Stanslavovich Kuchuk with respect to unlawful dismissal from the Club. The RFU Players’ Status Committee ruled that the dismissal was illegal and awarded compensation to the coach. Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2016 upheld the RFU Players’ Status Committee’s decision and stated that the Club unlawfully dismissed the coach and owes a compensation to the latter
  • Representing several former FC Tyumen football players with respect to non-payment of the bonuses to the players which had left the club. The players’ claims were granted by the RFU Players’ Status Committee and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Representing FC Arsenal (Tula) in several disputes with former football players heard by the RFU Players’ Status Committee
  • Representing famous Russian hockey player in a dispute with the International Ice Hockey Federation in connection with the application of a disciplinary measure against him based on accusations of doping. The dispute ended with the conclusion of a settlement, ratified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, on terms favourable for the athlete. In particular, it allowed him to promptly return to playing professional hockey
  • Advising the Russian Judo Federation on specific issues
  • Advising an Olympic champion, multiple world rowing champion, on sponsorship contracts

*This includes experience of our team members prior to joining RGP.


Yuri Makhonin

Landline +7 495 139 6519

How to find us:

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners LLC
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2, Tsvetnoy Boulevard,
Moscow, 127051,


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