ATHENS OLYMPICS: Its final - no goldfor German equestrians

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27 August 2004 , ATHENS - The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, said on Friday that the German three-day event equestrian team would not receive a gold medal. German officials and the equestrian body (FEI) had earlier appealed to the IOC to grant the German team a gold medal, even though a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had pushed them down to fourth place. Rogge said that the IOC stuck to the results list given to them by the international federations. "W

 27 August 2004

ATHENS - The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, said on Friday that the German three-day event equestrian team would not receive a gold medal.
German officials and the equestrian body (FEI) had earlier appealed to the IOC to grant the German team a gold medal, even though a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had pushed them down to fourth place.

Rogge said that the IOC stuck to the results list given to them by the international federations. "We cannot give away medals for emotional or humanitarian reasons."

Bettina Hoy had initially clinched the team gold for Germany with a flawless performance in last week's concluding show jumping portion. But the ground judges then imposed 14 penalty points on her because she crossed the start line twice.

The judges said that the starting bell had already sounded when Hoy crossed the line for the first time and took the time from that moment on.

The Germans appealed the ruling and were reinstated as gold medallists. Hoy won the individual gold shortly afterwards, based on her result carried over from the team event.

But the French, British and U.S. Olympic Committees lodged an appeal before CAS, which is accepted by all major sports federations as the highest arbitration body in sports and whose rulings cannot be appealed.

The appeal was upheld when CAS ruled that the ground judges acted correctly in imposing penalty points on Hoy and that a FEI appeals court should have not overturned that decision.

FEI then submitted a request to the IOC, asking the organisation to award a second gold medal to the German team next to official winners France and to Hoy next to Leslie Law of Britain.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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