ATHENS OLYMPICS: Equestrianbody submits plea to IOC

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2004 , ATHENS - The ruling equestrian body FEI has submitted a plea for clemency to the International Olympic Committee on behalf of the German three day event team, German team official Reinhardt Wendt said on Wednesday. "A written plea has been submitted," said Wendt. Wendt also said that the IOC has already informed the FEI that it will not look into the matter until after the Athens Games which end on Sunday. The FEI has asked the IOC to award a second gold medal to the German team next to of

25 August 2004

ATHENS - The ruling equestrian body FEI has submitted a plea for clemency to the International Olympic Committee on behalf of the German three day event team, German team official Reinhardt Wendt said on Wednesday.

"A written plea has been submitted," said Wendt.

Wendt also said that the IOC has already informed the FEI that it will not look into the matter until after the Athens Games which end on Sunday.

The FEI has asked the IOC to award a second gold medal to the German team next to official winners France and to their rider Bettina Hoy next to Leslie Law of Britain.

However, it is unlikely that the IOC will grant the plea because it can not interfere with federation rules.

Germany initially won the competition but dropped to fourth when the ground jury imposed a points penalty on Hoy for crossing the start line twice at the concluding show jumping portion last Wednesday.

The ruling was nullified by an FEI appeals body, but France, Britain and the U.S. brought the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled that that under FEI laws the appeals body could not overrule the ground jury.

As a result, Germany dropped to fourth in the team event and Hoy also lost her individual gold, dropping to ninth place.

DPA

Subject: German news

0 Comments To This Article