POSTED: May 22nd 2013

CAS rules to dismiss Murofushi appeal against IOC

CAS headquarters in Lausanne / CAS
CAS headquarters in Lausanne / CAS

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) laid down their ruling statement today and decided to dismiss the appeal by Japanese  hammer  thrower  Koji  Murofushi  and  the  Japanese  Olympic Committee (JOC) preventing Japan from gaining another IOC member.

Murofoshi and the JOC had launched an appeal against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision taken at the Executive Board meeting on August 11, 2012 to withdraw the athlete’s candidacy for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections held in London during the Games. The IOC alleged that Murofoshi had broken the rules during the election campaign.

Together Murofoshi and the JOC filed an appeal with the CAS in September of last year requesting the annulment of the decision.

The arbitration panel composed of Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany), President of the Panel, Mr Jeff. Benz (USA) and Dr Hans Nater (Switzerland). The CAS statement also noted that the panel has informed the CAS Secretary General that it will issue its reasoned award in a few days. They also  indicated that they had unanimously found that the main reason for upholding the decision of the IOC was due to the fact that the JOC did not comply with the applicable rules and regulations.

Tsunekazu Takeda, Japanese Olympic President (JOC) President said in a statement: "While we regret the outcome, we fully acknowledge and respect the ruling by the CAS. The CAS has yet to announce the reasons for its decision. As a result, the JOC will refrain from making any comments until receiving further details on the award.”

On another note the panel also clarified that “Mr Murofushi’s reputation and sportsmanship were intact”.

Back in mid March of this year the CAS also dismissed another appeal on behalf of Taiwan taekwondo Olympic champion candidate Mu-Yen Chu.

IOC Athletes’ Commission finalists

The IOC consequently reacted to the news with a statement: "The IOC welcomes the CAS decision and looks forward to working with Danka Barteková, James Tomkins, Kirsty Coventry and Tony Estanguet, who are expected to be proposed by the IOC EB for election at the July 2013 Extraordinary Session in Lausanne following expiry of the 28-day appeal period.”

Keywords · IOC · London 2012 · Athletes Commission · IOC Members

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