Irish Olympic appeal being heard today.
- 16 December 2015, 10:21
The appeal by Horse Sport Ireland and Cian O’Connor seeking an Olympic place for the Irish Show Jumping team is being heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland today. The hearing began this morning, December 16th.
The Irish team were on course to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio when a steward inexplicably ran in front of Cian O’Connor’s horse Good Luck during the European Championships in Aachen, Germany, in August, resulting in the pairing knocking the fence they were about to jump.
The four faults incurred resulted in Ireland missing out on Olympic qualification by less than one fault.
Horse Sport Ireland’s legal team for the hearing will be led by well known Senior Counsel Mr. Martin Hayden. He will be supported by Barrister Mr. David Casserly, who is an expert CAS Counsel, along with Mr. Joe Fitzpatrick and Mr. Eamon Carey from Smithwick Solicitors.