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IJRC calls for “same treatment for everybody” after decisions from CAS

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The decisions from CAS in the cases involving the two Saudi Arabian riders Khaled Abdulaziz Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly have brought forward reactions. Now the International Jumping Riders Club has made a statement:

“… With surprise the IJRC takes note of CAS’s Sole Arbitrator decisions concerning the cases mentioned, that diverge significantly from previous decisions about similar cases that have had different handling and severe penalties.  [The article continues]

Furthermore it also diverges from the FEI Tribunal’s decision.

We are expecting that the full award with the grounds will be notified as quickly as the Sole Arbitrator took his decisions.

Following these decisions, we hope that in the future CAS will make sure to use an equitable and uniform measure, ensuring the principle of equal treatment for all riders.

This is important for the credibility of the CAS, which has a big responsibility to manage in an uniform and balanced way all cases presented . The Court should act with care and precision especially at a moment like this, when FEI is doing a big effort with the Clean Sport project, that has to be a reference point for the Equestrian World.

We hope that this fast procedure will be systematically adopted so as not to have to wait months before receiving a hearing, as was the case in the past.

Rapid response times and same treatment for everybody is essential for the credibility of our sport and of the judicial bodies.”

Stanny van Paesschen – coach of the Saudi Arabian riders – has also given his thoughts on the matter to the Belgian website Click here to read the article.

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