CAS dismisses appeal of Jamaican bobsled athlete to include Jamaica in two-woman bobsled event at 2022 Winter Olympics Featured

By Sports Desk February 07, 2022 1677

The appeal by Jamaica’s Winter Olympic athlete Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian concerning the reallocation of quota places in bobsleigh/skeleton for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has been rejected by the Ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The appeal surrounds a two-woman Europa Cup bobsled competition in December in Winterberg, Germany, which had been set to count in the rankings as separate races over two days.

However, poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the race that had been scheduled for December 4.

The Jamaican winter-sports athlete appeal claims that the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation instead counted the December 5 competition twice, which allowed a sled piloted by France’s Margot Boch to qualify for the final spot in the two-woman bobsled competition at the Olympics. The decision denied Audra Segree, Fenlator-Victorian's brakewoman, a place in Beijing, where she would have competed in the two-woman bobsled event.

As a result, Fenlator-Victorian appealed to CAS to set aside the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s athlete point ranking table for the Beijing 2022 Quota Allocation in the two-woman bobsleigh, to recalculate the point rankings for the Beijing 2022 Quota Allocation for the two-woman bobsleigh based only on races that actually occurred and without retroactively double-counting any races as well as to grant the final two-woman quota spot to the Jamaican NOC instead of the French NOC.

She also wanted CAS to order the ISBF and IOC to add an additional quota spot to the French NOC to permit greater inclusion of female athletes in the Beijing Winter Games.

According to a statement from CAS, a Panel of arbitrators composed of Mr Fabio Iudica, President, (Italy), Ms Maria A. Gwynn (Paraguay) and Ms Vesna Bergant Rakočević (Slovenia) held a hearing by video conference in the evening of February 6, 2022, from the offices of the CAS Ad Hoc Division in Beijing and issued its decision earlier today and dismissed the application.

Fenlator-Victorian will compete in the Monobob event in Beijing.




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