The Cairo office of Meysan successfully represented professional squash player, Moustafa El Sirty, resulting in his return to the courts with immediate effect after the International Testing Agency (ITA) had sought to impose a two-year suspension.
In January of 2023, the ITA informed El Sirty that he had triggered an Adverse Analytical Finding by testing positive for terbutaline, a World Anti-Doping Agency-prohibited substance commonly found in cough medicine. El Sirty had been suffering from a severe cold during a competition in November 2020, when his long-term physician prescribed him cough medicine that contained the substance, something El Sirty was unaware of, especially since the medicine is regularly prescribed to children in Egypt.
As a result of the finding, El Sirty entered into a voluntary provisional suspension in March 2023, while awaiting a final decision from the ITA. The contemplated two-year suspension would have been nothing short of a career death sentence. In addition to the major blow to his career, El Sirty risked losing his scholarship at the University of Birmingham due to his inability to compete at the university level as a result of the suspension.
El Sirty retained Meysan shortly before the deadline due to submit his formal defense to the ITA.
The Meysan team included sports disputes specialists Tarek Badawy and Salma Abdelaziz, who regularly act for sports associations and marketing agencies in high-stakes arbitrations and competition investigations, as well as Bader El-Jeaan.
Armed with various precedents from several anti-doping agencies of sports federations and decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), the team was able to obtain extensive witness and medical expert testimony to corroborate El Sirty’s story, draft and file the explanation to the anti-doping rule violation and engage in constructive dialogue with the ITA, all within two weeks of its retention. The ITA was ultimately convinced that El Sirty had committed an innocent mistake and reduced the contemplated two-year ban to six months only, to be applied retroactively. Given El Sirty’s voluntary provisional suspension, the athlete was allowed to return to the court immediately upon signing an acceptance of consequences agreement with the ITA, on behalf of the World Squash Federation.
Speaking of the case, Salma Abdelaziz expressed immense relief, and recalls the moment she called El Sirty to give him the news as “by far one of the best moments of my career”, adding that “hearing his reaction truly made all the hard work worth it”. Tarek Badawy echoed Salma’s sentiment and commended the ITA for its “reasonable approach to dealing with an inadvertent mistake by a bright star that could have been deprived of the opportunity to shine on the international stage”.
El Sirty stated, “I am grateful to the ITA for their understanding in this matter. As for Meysan, they were truly phenomenal, both in their empathy to me, and in their professional approach to explaining and dealing with complicated sports disputes.”
El Sirty’s return to the courts was crowned with a victory at the Madeira International 2023, the first tournament he competed in after being cleared to play.
Meysan is one of the first law firms in the region to establish a specialist sports team, and its team includes sports law experts with both local and international expertise. The experience of its lawyers include:
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