There have been many reactions regarding the decision from CAS in the cases against Khaled Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly who recently got their bans reduced from eight to two months. The reduction made their Olympic participation in London possible, when their bans from the FEI tribunal originally put a stop to their participation. The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) has already made a statement regarding the issue, and now Rodrigo Pessoa has raised a number of questions regarding the case. In an interview with the Swiss website Le Cavalier Romand, Pessoa has pointed out that there are many questions that need an answer on how this particular case has been dealt with.
One of Pessoa’s main concerns, is the fact that only one arbitrator made the decision, while these cases normally have three judges involved. Further it took CAS three weeks to make their decision while other athletes normally have had to wait several months. The fact that the two riders are judged equally when their former histories are totally different is also a point that Pessoa marks out. Sharbatly has been banned before and he also has severeal yellow cards and warnings from the last two years. Al Eid on the other hand has nothing of the sort. These circumstances are seen in the light of the fact that Saudi Arabia recently offered to sponsor the Nations Cup series for at least one year.
To read the full interview with Rodrigo Pessoa (in French) go here.
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