CAS turns down protests over Danish sailing victory
The ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Beijing turned down Saturday protests by Spain and Italy over the decision to award the 49er category sailing gold medal to Jonas Warrer and Martin Ibsen, dpa reported.
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) took the move after having two protests against the decision to allow the Danish pair to keep their medals - despite borrowing a boat Sunday for their final race - turned down by the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) international jury.
"After having deliberated, the CAS arbitrators announced that both applications were dismissed and that the decisions rendered by the ISAF International Jury concerning that event and dated 18 and 19 August 2008 were confirmed," said CAS in a statement.
Warrer and Ibsen were sailing towards the start line when the mast of their boat broke and as a result decided to use the vessel of the Croatia team, which had not qualified for the gold medal race.
The decision means that Spanish pair Iker Martinez de Lizarduy and Xabier Fernandez remain in the silver medal position while Jan-Peter Peckolt and Hannes Peckolt of Germany take bronze. The Italian team stays fourth.