Shooting Australia Media Release Olympic Nomination Appeal Findings

Media Releases | Friday, Jul 1, 2016

Shooting Australia today acknowledged the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold one of the three grounds of appeal of the non-nomination of shooting athlete Mitchell Iles for inclusion on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.

Findings:

  • Did the Appeals Tribunal err in failing to appreciate the Selection Committee was obliged to take into account the Development 20/20  Factor - Dismissed
  • Did the Appeals Tribunal err in failing to find that the Selection Committee had not taken into account the Development 20/20  Factor – Upheld
  • Actual Bias - Dismissed

As a matter of usual practice CAS has referred the matter of re-nomination back to the Shooting Australia Selection Panel.

Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said today “We respect the decision handed down today by CAS. Shooting Australia has maintained throughout this process that it respects the rights of any athlete to pursue a non-nomination as Mitchell has done. Mitchell is a member of the Shooting Australia high performance program, and is a talented young athlete with a great career ahead of him. We look forward to celebrating his future successes, as does everyone in the close-knit sport shooting community."

The process of Nominations to the Australian Olympic Committee will be finalised by the Shooting Australia Selection Panel with notification to the AOC to occur by the close of business on the 4th July 2016.

Shooting Australia wishes to thank the athletes and their legal advisors, as well as its own legal representatives and officials, for their patience and the spirit in which the appeals were conducted.

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