Dominican Appeal to CAS over Oympic Qualifying to be “Expedited”
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The Court for Arbitration for Sport will expedite its consideration of the dispute between the Dominican Republic and the International Equestrian Federation and Brazil over South America’s individual competitor for dressage at the Olympic Games in London in two months.
CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the court of last resort, notified the Dominican federation (FDDE) that the process over the appeal against an FEI Tribunal rejection of protests over the Olympic qualifying procedures “is underway and will be expedited in order to meet the dates for the Olympic Games.”
“The FDDE is confident that CAS will provide a fair setting for the merits of the case to be weighed and looks forward to the date of the hearing, which should be in the next weeks,” the Dominican federation said in a statement.
The Dominican Republic filed the protest on behalf of its athlete, Yvonne Losos de Muñiz who rode Liebling II, the horse that Carl Hester rode to team silver medals for Great Britain at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2009 European Championships, in pursuit of qualifying for the Olympics.
She was second in the Olympic individual rankings behind Brazil’s Luíza Tavares de Almeida and Samba who qualified at competitions only in Brazil, most with three Brazilian judges. The FEI granted “exceptions” to its rules requiring no more than two judges from the host nation.
Olympic dressage competition in London starts on Aug. 2 with two days of the Grand Prix.