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A highly-respected Hoosier legal scholar is bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Gary Roberts, dean emeritus of the IUPUI Robert H. McKinney School of Law, leaves Tuesday for the world sporting spectacle where he will serve as one of nine arbitrators on the special tribunal that will settle any legal disputes that may come up during the games.
“This will certainly be a different type of experience because we’ll need to settle these disputes within 24 hours,” he says.
Roberts is an expert in sports law. He has never been to Russia so he‘s excited to go and bring his wife along.
Roberts says he has no concerns about terrorism. He thinks it‘ll likely be one of the safest places in the world during that two-week period.
“I don’t think the danger in Sochi is going to be any greater than it is going to be anywhere else, any other time,” he says. “In fact, given the security measures the Russian government has put in place there, I think it’s going to be safer there than most other places.”
He says terrorists may have already succeeded in frightening people, which should not be the case.
Roberts adds it is not his role to get involved in human rights issues in Russia. He says he will be there to focus on the tribunal.