The United Kingdom's National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) has appointed Charles Flint as its new President, succeeding Peter Leaver who stands down tomorrow after serving the maximum two terms in post.
The NADP is the UK's independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport.
It is operated by Sport Resolutions UK in accordance with its own procedural rules and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping, who are responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.
As the judicial head, Flint will be responsible for appointing members to UK Anti-Doping tribunals as well as adjudicating on applications concerning provisional suspensions and scrutinising the quality and consistency of tribunal decision making.
Flint has extensive experience in sports law, both as counsel and arbitrator, and particularly in anti-doping cases.
He was also a member of the Anti-Doping Review, established by the British Olympic Association in preparation for London 2012.
"I am delighted to have been appointed President of the NADP," said Flint.
"I look forward to working with all members of the panel to ensure that athletes who wish to challenge doping decisions have access to an independent body which provides fair and well
reasoned decisions within a short timescale."
On January 1, the World Anti-Doping Agencyimplemented a revised World Anti-Doping Code, which Flint says "will present new challenges to tribunals with its more severe and flexible sanctioning regime and the increased breadth of anti-doping rule violations contained within it".
His predecessor Leaver was chief executive of football's Premier League between 1997 and 1999 before taking up the role of NADP President in January 2008.
The NADP is established by the UK's anti-doping policy and is funded by the UK Government's department for culture, media and sport.
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