Irish showjumping team face anxious wait to find out if they will be at the Rio Olympics next year
Following an appeal from Horse Sport Ireland and Cian O'Connor heard today in Switzerland, Ireland's hopes of getting a showjumping team to the Rio Olympics will not be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) until early next year.
The appeal relates to an incident during the second and deciding team competition at the European Championships in Aachen on August 21, during which a steward ran across the path of O'Connor and his horse, Good Luck. The stallion was producing a great round but hit the next fence, and those four faults saw Spain pipping Ireland for an Olympic slot by 0.38 points.
Here is the incident in question:
The CAS Olympic hearing has concluded after a long day in Lausanne. It's likely to be early January before we get a decision from the CAS.— Team IRL Equestrian (@TeamIRLEq) December 16, 2015
There was a protest to the Ground Jury followed by an appeal to the Appeals Committee that night, but both proved unsuccessful. The FEI agreed in September that by-passing their Tribunal and appealing to CAS directly would fast-track the appeals process.