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Appeal halts Olympic squad launch

14th May 2008

The Irish Sailing Association has had to pull the plug on a press call to launch its Olympic squad for the games in Beijing.

Due to take place tomorrow May 15 in Dun Laoghaire, the launch has been called off due to an appeal over one of the nominations.

The ISA issued a statement today, saying:
"The ISA press conference due to be held on May 15 has been postponed until further notice.

The decision to postpone was taken in light of a pending appeal over one of the nominations."

The appeal in question centres around the nominees in the Star class. The ISA controversially nominated Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne in the Star, but as Afloat previously reported the choice was immediately disputed, as Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks had done the work necessary to qualify the country and finished top of the table in terms of Irish sailors.

The cancellation points to a new concern on the part of the ISA, which up to this point has expressed confidence in its decision to nominate O'Leary and Milne, and indicated that the appeal was a mere formality.

Regardless of how the appeal progresses, Afloat understands that the boat belonging to Treacy and Shanks, which was due to be shipped to Qingdao for regatta preparation, is still in Miami, which could jeopardise their campaign further should the y be successful in their appeal and win the nomination.

Keep an eye out for the next edition of Afloat magazine, which will feature an in-depth look at the Star debacle.

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