January 1, 2011
Cycler questions decision of International Cycling Union and Court of Arbitration for Sport when two suspensions (unrelated cases) were to begin on different dates. Demanding more “common sense” in future sport decisions, Cycler voiced frustration that the decision was issued arbitrarily and without any reasoning.
Although arbitrators are not typically required to provide an explanation of reasoning, sports suspensions are public and will inevitably be subject to scrutiny. Additionally, athletes may benefit if they understood more clearly the consequences of breaking the rules and the specific reasoning of the arbitration tribunal.