QC Beloff called to Olympics panel

ATHLETICS enthusiast Michael Beloff QC's ticket for this summer's Olympics is in need of a new owner, thanks to an unexpected invitation to the barrister to assume a quasi judicial role in Atlanta.

Beloff, who has acted in a series of high-profile sporting litigation cases, has been appointed to sit on a special panel of arbitrators at the event.

The ad hoc panel is attached to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which was established in 1982 to provide a mediation service for sportsmen and women involved in disputes.

This year, for the first time, the court has decided to provide an on-the-spot service to cope with any disputes or legal problems which arise during the games.

Beloff, who was nominated by the British Olympic Committee, is said to be delighted to have been offered a place on the panel.

A veteran of three Olympics, he has already purchased a ticket for the games.

“I don't suppose I'll have any trouble finding someone else who can make use of it,” he said.