Brazilian lawyer achieves Olympic dream

Alberto Murray Neto, a partner at Paulo Roberto Murray - Advogados in Brazil, has been made an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Murray says, "I consider my appointment to CAS to be one of the highpoints of my career so far. I am honoured, not just as a lawyer, but as an idealist and follower of the Olympic movement."

The appointment continues a family tradition of involvement with the Olympic movement. Not only is his father, Paolo Roberto Murray, managing partner at the family firm, also a CAS arbitrator, but his grandfather, Sylvio de Magalhães Padilha, was the first South American athlete to reach an Olympic final in a track and field event, the 400 metre hurdles, in Berlin in 1936.

Murray's term is four years, but it may be renewed without restriction. He will continue to work as partner at the firm.

CAS is the supreme dispute resolution forum for many sporting federations, including the Olympic committee. It has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries, and hears some 200 cases every year.


21 June 2007


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