Our History

Sport Resolutions (UK) was first established as the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel in the wake of Dianne Modahl's dispute with the British Athletics Federation ("BAF") which resulted in Modahl bankrupting herself and also contributed to the BAF going into administration.  It was against this backdrop that the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel (SDRP) (later renamed Sport Resolutions (UK)) was created by the representative umbrella groups of sport in the United Kingdom to provide an expert, speedy, and cost-effective alternative to resolving conflict and disputes in sport. The Central Council for Physical Recreation (now called Sport and Recreation Alliance) were instrumental in the creation of Sport Resolutions and provided office accommodation for the SDRP before it moved to its own offices and was renamed Sport Resolutions (UK).

  1. 1997

    SDRP is created by the nine representative umbrella bodies of sport in the UK: British Athletes Commission, British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association, European Sponsorship Association, Northern Ireland Sports Forum, Professional Players Federation, Sport & Recreation Alliance, Scottish Sports Association, Welsh Sports Association.

  2. 1999

    SDRP opens for business at the CCPR offices in Victoria after receiving grant funding from UK Sport.

  3. 2000

    SDRP completes its first case - a four party commercial dispute about alleged infringement of the intellectual property rights of a sports organisation by an NGB and sponsor.

  4. 2007

    SDRP wins the contract to operate a centralised tribunal service to adjudicate on anti-doping disputes in the UK, called the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

    SDRP resolves a dispute between 400m athlete Christine Ohuruogu and the British Olympic Association over a life time ban imposed under the BOA's Anti-Doping Bye-Law. Ohuruogu returns to the sport and is crowned World Champion in 2007 and Olympic Champion in 2008.

  5. 2008

    SDRP changes its trading name to Sport Resolutions (UK) and moves into its own offices in Fleet Street.

    Sport Resolutions (UK) resolves a revenue sharing dispute between the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation and players representing it at the FIFA 2006 World Cup.

  6. 2011

    Sport Resolutions moves into a new arbitration and mediation centre at 1 Salisbury Square, London.

  7. 2012

    Sport Resolutions organises a pro-bono legal advice and representation service for athletes, teams, and officials competing at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in conjunction with LOCOG, Law Society, Bar Council and British Association for Sport and Law.

    Sport Resolutions helps to resolve 19 athlete selection disputes in relation to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This includes the disputes between Aaron Cook and Taekwondo UK, and British Rhythmic Gymnastics Group and British Gymnastics.

  8. 2013

    A specialist child protection investigation and adjudication service for sport is launched, called the National Safeguarding Panel (NSP), which is set up with the support of the NSPCC.

  9. 2014

    The Sport Resolutions run National Anti-Doping Panel adjudicates on the UK's first biological passport case involving cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and UK Anti-Doping.

All sports now recognise Sport Resolutions as the nation’s sport specific, independent, dispute resolution body, with over 30 sports using its services each year. Since 2000, Sport Resolutions has helped to resolve over one thousand sport disputes in the areas of anti-doping, athlete selection, commercial agreements, discrimination, player eligibility, promotion and relegation and safeguarding.