CAS reduces arbitrators to one as per NPL request

CAS reduces arbitrators to one as per NPL request

The case between the Namibia Football Association and Namibia Premier League at the Court of Arbitration for Sport is far from over.
On Thursday ,CAS declined a request by the NPL for legal aid and advised them to request a sole arbitrator instead.
The Namibia Premier League took the Namibia Football Association to CAS on the constitutionality of the NFA congress and the subsequent election of the NFA president earlier this year. For the case to eventually be heard,
NPL needed to pay over seven hundred thousand Namibia dollars, which the cash-strapped premier league could not afford.
On the 11th of May, the NPL then wrote to CAS applying for legal aid, which was ultimately rejected.
The league was however advised to formally request a sole arbitrator instead of the normal three, to bring down the cost of arbitration overall, which they did.
In a letter sent by CAS to NPL this morning, the court granted a sole arbitrator to the case provided that the respondent NFA agrees with such appointment on or before the 20 of this month.
According to NPL's Kandas Paulino, the cost for a sole arbitrator has not yet been revealed and thus they are unable to tell if they can afford it to continue with the case.
CAS' decision to proceed with the case remains unclear should NFA disagree with a sole arbitrator.