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Lynch appeals to CAS

Friday, 27 July 2012

Denis and Lantinus - here seen in Aachen where the disqualification leading to the withdrawal of his Olympic nomination took place. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Denis Lynch made an unexpected move yesterday, as he in 'the last minute' asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to consider the withdrawal of his Olympic nomination by Horse Sport Ireland. To Irish Examiner Denis’ brother and manager Shay Lynch has stated that Denis "would not have submitted the appeal unless he felt there was a reasonable chance of success".

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb has said to Irish Examiner that the appeal process could be fast-tracked. CAS has 12 arbitrators on standby, and a panel of three are picked to hear the case so that the hearing could be organised as soon as possible. To read the full story on Irish Examiner's website about Lynch's appeal, click here.

It was on Monday the 9th of July Horse Sport Ireland decided not to proceed with the nomination of Lynch to represent Ireland in showjumping in the London Olympic Games. The decision followed the disqualification of Lynch's ride Lantinus from CHIO Aachen, where the horse failed a hyper sensitivity test. Later, Horse Sport Ireland’s chief Damian McDonald stressed that the decision was not about what had happened in Aachen, but that HSI had concerns arising out of the fact that this has happened to horses ridden by Denis three times over the last twelve months.

Related article: No Olympics for Denis Lynch




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