Dominican Appeal over Latin American Olympic Selection to be Heard by CAS July 2

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Yvonne Losos de Muñiz riding Liebling II in her quest to qualify for the London Olympics. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 18–The appeal by the Dominican Republic over Olympic selection procedures in Latin America which led to Brazil qualifying with most ground juries with a majority of locally-based judges will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 2.

The hearing by the independent tribunal and the court of last resort comes exactly one month before the start of Olympic dressage at London’s Greenwich Park on Aug. 2.

CAS notified the Dominican federation, the International Equstrian Federation (FEI) and the Brazilian Equestrian Confederation of the hearing date.

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.

An FEI Tribunal rejected Dominican protests over the Olympic qualifying procedures.

Yvonne and Liebling II have been based with Carl Hester in England since the end of the Florida winter circuit.

By the July 2 hearing date, the legal procedures in the case will have taken four months since the FEI accepted as “official” the Dominican Republic protest over the FEI procedures on Feb. 28.

The FEI Tribunal of three members heard the protest in New York in early April and announced its decision a month later, upholding the FEI on every issue.

The Dominican Republic filed an appeal in May.