Sunday 22 April 2018

Olympic story: Cian O’Connor team place under threat

High hopes: Katie
Taylor arrives
at Heathrow Airport
High hopes: Katie Taylor arrives at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Louise Parkes

CIAN O'Connor's place on the Irish showjumping team is under threat after fellow rider Denis Lynch launched a legal bid to secure a spot for the Olympics.

The eleventh-hour drama means there could be a last-minute change in Irish riders in the 2012 Games.

Denis Lynch's brother and manager, Shay Lynch, said yesterday that a last-minute appeal has been lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the withdrawal of the rider's nomination for London.

Mr Lynch, the Germany-based Tipperary man, was dropped from the Irish squad after one of his horses tested positive in a hypersensitivity test at Aachen, Germany, three weeks ago. Mr Lynch was subsequently replaced by Cian O'Connor, who famously won and lost individual Olympic gold in Athens eight years ago.

However CAS Secretary General, Matthieu Reeb, said that Lynch's submission had not yet been received yesterday evening.

Should the appeal be successful that would also affect reserve rider Shane Sweetnam, as Mr O'Connor would return to the position of first reserve.

Irish Independent

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