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Ahlmann back in Olympic contest after CAS declares the “Osaka Rule” invalid

Thursday, 06 October 2011

Christian Ahlmann is back in the contest for the Olympics next year after CAS declared the "Osaka Rule" invalid today. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann is back in the contest to become one of the riders on the German showjumping team for the Olympic Games next year. Originally Ahlmann was prevented to compete at the Games in London due to the so-called “Osaka Rule”; a rule set up by the IOC prohibiting athletes who have been suspended for more than six months for an anti-doping rule violation from participating at the next Olympic Games following the expiration of their suspension. After Ahlmann’s horse Cöster tested positive on the forbidden substance capsaicin at the Olympics in 2008, the German rider was suspended for eight months and thus excluded to compete at the Olympics in London according to the “Osaka Rule”. 

Today CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) declared the “Osaka Rule” invalid and unenforceable after a request was filed by the United States Olympic Committee and the IOC. This allows Ahlmann to participate at the Olympic Games in London next year if he is selected. Read the press release from CAS here.


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