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Australia bobsleigh appeal rejected

20/02/2006 05:39:43 AM Comments (0)

The Court of Arbitration of Sport has denied the Australian Olympic Committee's appeal to disqualify the Brazilian four-man bobsleigh team from the Winter Olympics after one of their athletes returned a positive drug test.

The AOC hoped to get the Australian team included in place of the Brazilians, because Brazilian sledder Armando dos Santos had failed a pre-Games doping test and helped qualify his country for Turin shortly after testing positive for banned steroid nandrolone.

AOC Secretary-General Craig Phillips said "we are disappointed, but believe we received a fair hearing from the Court of Arbitration for Sport".

Lawyers for the AOC argued before the CAS in Torino that the Brazilian bobsleigh team qualified for the Games with a "drug tainted" athlete as part of their crew.

The CAS heard that Arnando dos Santos tested positive to the steroid Nandralone after an out of competition test on January 3.

He later competed in a World Cup event and the Challenge Cup in Germany where Brazil won and qualified for the Olympics.

New Zealand was second and Australia third in the race, the first two nations qualified for the Torino Games.

The AOC's lawyer Aldo Frignani recommended to the panel that Brazil be replaced in the Olympic competition by the Australian crew.

At the hearing, the International Bobsleigh Federation (FIBT) argued there was no provision in their rules to "bump up" another team should Brazil be disqualified.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee told the CAS that dos Santos had been sent home from Torino and the A sample confirmed a positive test, but the results of the B sample were not available.

They argued that dos Santos had not yet appeared before his national federation to argue his case and to disqualify the four-man team now was a denial of natural justice.

The CAS will print the reasons for their decision on Tuesday.

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