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Murofushi loses appeal at CAS in IOC election case

Murofushi loses appeal at CAS in IOC election case

Former Olympic champion Koji Murofushi lost his appeal on Wednesday against disqualification from an election to become an IOC member representing athletes.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the Japanese hammer thrower's challenge of an IOC decision excluding him, after claims he excessively lobbied fellow athletes ahead of voting at the London Olympics.
Despite ruling against the 2004 Athens Games champion and London bronze medalist, CAS said Murofushi's "reputation and sportsmanship were intact."
Still, the case denied Murofushi a role in helping persuade fellow IOC members to support Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Games.
The three-member CAS panel will give its detailed verdict "in a few days", but suggested that most responsibility in the Murofushi case rested with the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is leading Tokyo's candidacy against Madrid and Istanbul.
"(The panel) has indicated that it had unanimously found that the main reason for upholding the decision of the IOC was due to the fact that the (Japanese Olympic Committee) did not comply with the applicable rules and regulations," the court said in a statement
Wednesday's verdict clears the way for Tony Estanguet of France, a three-time Olympic champion in canoe slalom, to become one of the 100-plus International Olympic Committee members.
Murofushi was barred after winning one of four vacant eight-year IOC membership mandates in a 21-candidate election last August.
The IOC intervened after investigating claims, including some lodged by Olympic bodies supporting rival candidates, that campaign rules were broken.
Murofushi and a second candidate, Taiwanese taekwondo fighter Chu Mu-yen were disqualified after finishing first and second in the ballot, ahead of Slovakian shooter Danka Bartekova and Australian rower James Tomkins.
The IOC promoted athletes who finished fifth and sixth in polling _ swimmer Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and Estanguet _ into the winning positions.
Chu also appealed to CAS and lost his case in March.
The IOC has delayed filling the athlete member seats during the nine-month appeal process.


Updated : 2021-06-23 05:16 GMT+08:00