Oh dear Denis Lynch’s appeal turned down.
Lynch’s late bid to make Games fails as appeal turned down
A dark cloud was lifted off the Irish camp at the London 2012 equestrian events at Greenwich Park yesterday when Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc Committee had dismissed the appeal lodged by showjumper Denis Lynch.
The lengthy tribunal hearing began at 7.0 on Saturday evening and ran through until 1.30 yesterday morning. The committee then went away to deliberate over whether they had jurisdiction in the case and yesterday afternoon they declared they did not have that jurisdiction.
As a result, Cian O’Connor will join Billy Twomey as one of Ireland’s two representatives when showjumping gets under way with the first horse inspection on August 2.
Lynch was appealing against his removal from the Irish squad following a positive test for hypersensitivity for one of his horses, Lantinus. “Our focus remains on supporting the eight equestrian athletes who are representing us at the games,” a HSI spokesman said last night.
- Louise Parkes