"The need for clear regulation in this field was absolutely essential"
1- At the age of 32, you became the first Portuguese woman to be a member of the CCAP. Was this already a long-standing goal or did it become one over time?
A: I wouldn't say it was a long-standing objective, because when I started in this area, I was far from thinking this could happen. At that time I just wanted to absorb knowledge and gain experience. But it effectively became an objective and a possible goal to achieve as I progressed in my career.
2 - What has the experience been like in this new role?
A: So far, it has gone smoothly, although it is quite challenging and to some extent, complex.
3 - Do you feel that the world of football and motorsports are very distinct? What are the main differences?
A: As a legal expert, I have to look at both sports as sporting and economic activities, with their own rules to be followed. In my opinion, there are vast differences between the two, namely in terms of culture, the number of clubs/professionals involved, the complexity and scope of the rules.
4 - You have international experience, both in Spain and Greece. On what scale has such experience contributed to your current success?
A: I have always been involved in litigation and arbitration matters on an international level, and the fact that I have mostly worked with foreign professionals in these areas has naturally had an influence and impact on my career, my professional experience and growth. Today I consider myself lucky to be able to work in what I really like. I continue to be mainly involved in the international field, with the advantage of dealing with it in my own country, while having the possibility of exploring the national market.
5 - You are currently working with 14 Sports Law (mainly in football), FIA (motorsport) and the Portuguese Surfing Federation. Is this versatility one of your main assets as a professional?
A: Actually, my background is not very different because it is all related (to a greater or lesser extent) to the resolution of disputes and the application of regulations to the specific case. I would say that it differs more in terms of the sport itself with its particularities, than the type of functions/work itself. I prefer the choice of the word flexibility and adaptation to functions rather than "versality", but I assume - if I do say so myself - that it can be one of my added values as a professional.
6 - The new regulation on FIFA agents has been one of the current topics of discussion. Do you feel this was a necessary measure for the development of the industry?
A: Although some disagree, I believe that the need for clear regulation in this field was absolutely essential. This is not to say that all the measures are outlined in the best way, but it is also part of moving forward in time and adapting the regulations to the needs and criteria of the industry itself.
7 - Sport in general is increasingly becoming an entertainment event for the public. What impact has this development had on sports law?
A: They are distinct but mutually complementary fields. Even if it is considered as entertainment, there must be regulation in several aspects and this regulation must be well applied by the competent bodies on a case-by-case basis, at the risk of sport as "entertainment" losing importance and credibility.
We can somewhat differentiate between competitive regulations and those involving the business of sport, both of which must converge with the objective of each sport conquering its "space" in the entertainment market.
8 - What is the impact that events like the Thinking Football Summit have on the development of sports-related activities, as is the case of sports law?
A: It's undeniable that these events facilitate networking between professionals in the area of sports law, being an important platform for potential business synergies between different entities/players.
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