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Olympic Appeal to be lodged today

16th May 2008

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will not consider the Star keelboat Nomination made by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) until after an appeal, expected from Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks this morning, has been heard.

News of the OCI involvement in the sailing selection broke in the Irish Examiner and Irish Times sports pages this morning.

Yesterday, on foot of a letter from the OCI, the ISA cancelled its Beijing team press conference because of the likelihood of the appeal being made by Friday's deadline.

Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne got the selectors nod for Qingdao a week ago when a committee decision rather than an on-the-water process was used.

"We alone qualified the country, we are the highest placed Irish Star sailors in the world rankings and I cannot believe the decision" was Treacy's reaction at the time.

Under ISA rules Treacy's appeal has to be made in the first instance to the group who only last week unanimously selected his rival.

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Previous Afloat items on this story:

Appeal halts Olympic squad launch
Olympic update - launches and litigation
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