Jumping: Lynch appeal rejected on technicality

Updated: Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 12:12

Irish showjumper Denis Lynch has revealed that his CAS appeal was not heard due to a rule technicality.

Lynch had lodged an appeal with the CAS over his exclusion from Team Ireland after his horse Lantinus tested positive for hypersensitivity at the Nations Cup event in Aachen.

However, as the dispute arose more than ten days before the Opening Ceremony for the Games, the CAS could not rule on the case.

This is due to the fact that the CAS is only allowed to rule on decisions that happen within that time frame.

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Denis Lynch's statement can be read in full below:

As you may be aware I appealed to the Ad hoc division of CAS in relation to the withdrawal of my Olympic nomination by HSI on 26th July. Unfortunately my appeal was objected to by the other parties opposed to me on the grounds that my dispute with the decision "arose more than ten days preceding the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics (that is before 17 July 2012)".

The Ad Hoc Panel of CAS can only rule on matters that arise within that time frame. The Ad Hoc Panel of CAS, after overnight deliberation agreed with this objection and ruled that my dispute with the decision arose no later than the 13th of July and therefore, they did not have jurisdiction to hear my appeal.

Naturally, I was extremely disappointed that I did not get a hearing from an independent panel as I felt I had a very strong case. It had had never even got off the ground due to this legal technicality. I had also flown from La Coruna to London on Saturday to be present at the hearing which meant I was not able to compete in the Grand Prix in La Coruna. Double disappointment to say the least.

I would like to thank my family, friends, and supporters for all their support, particularly during this time. It has meant an awful lot during a very difficult time for me.

To the Irish athletes who have competed in the Olympics already, I would like to congratulate them on qualifying. I fully appreciate, having myself spent over 14 months winning Olympic qualification points to secure Ireland an individual equestrian place, just how difficult it can be and what an achievement it is just to qualify and compete against the world's best. We should all be very proud of them.

I would also like to wish all of the Irish athletes/teams who are competing or about to compete the very best of luck and hopefully they can achieve their goals and bring some medals back to Ireland.

As for my future, I am more determined than ever to achieve results now. I have learned an incredible amount about myself and others over these last few weeks. My immediate goals are to once again return to the top 10 in the world and consolidate or improve on my position as no.2 on the Global Champions Tour.

Thank you all again for your tremendous support. I fully intend to justify that support over the coming months and years.

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