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Ireland may appeal over showjumpers
22 Aug 2015 20:08
Irish equestrian chiefs are considering an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport following the Irish showjumping team controversially missing out on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games at the FEI European Games.
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Ireland finished just 0.380 penalties behind Spain after Cian O'Connor was impeded by a steward when approaching the 11th fence of his round in Aachen, Germany.
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Robert Splaine, Irish chef d'equipe, said he had no doubt qualification was "in the bad" prior to the incident which caused O'Connor and his mount, Good Luck, to "lose momentum and rhythm".
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Damien McDonald, CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, said that the organisation is considering an appeal to an FEI tribunal, although it is unclear if the tribunal can address the issue.
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McDonald said the tribunal can not address issues deemed to be "field of play" decisions, which may mean the only available option is to go to the CAS in Lausanne.
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McDonald said HSI owe it to the riders and owners to pursue the issue as far as possible.
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Appeals to the CAS are only allowed once all appeal routes are denied within your own sporting body, with the organisations lawyers currently considering the best option.
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He said a decision on this will be made next week.
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