Tokyo 2021: extending employment contracts for Olympic coaches

Published 19 May 2020 By: Nan Sato

Sports Coach

With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021, many sports federations are trying to negotiate contract extensions with their foreign coaches to have them stay with the national teams until the Games take place next year.  Depending on the popularity of the sport and the coach, hashing out the new terms may not be easy.  This blog gives a quick overview of three of the main legal issues to be aware of, namely:

  • Term and other contingencies
  • Salary increases
  • Potential conflicts of interest


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Nan Sato

Nan Sato

Nan Sato is an attorney qualified in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She advises international and Japanese players’ associations, commercial sponsors, clubs, and athletes in a number of sports, including football, baseball, rugby, and American football. In addition to contractual and labor issues, she has developed a strong focus on the intersection of technology and sports. Nan works in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish.

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