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  1. Athletics: Murofushi was victim, says Court of Arbitration

    Former Olympic champion Koji Murofushi, who last month lost his appeal against disqualification from an election to become an International Olympic Committee member representing athletes, was the victim of an "overzealous" Japanese Olympic Committee, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The CAS concluded in a detailed report of the arbitral award released Tuesday that "the candidate (Murofushi) was, at least to a significant extent, the victim of an overzealous NOC (National Olympic Committee) and that his own actions were neither motivated by a desire to cheat nor can they be equated to dishonesty."

    "His reputation and integrity as a sportsman, therefore, remains completely untarnished."

    The 38-year-old Murofushi garnered enough votes to secure a seat on the commission during the election at last summer's London Olympics, but the IOC voided his results, citing violations of campaign activity rules.

    Dissatisfied with this decision, Murofushi and the JOC filed an appeal with the CAS on Sept. 3. It was the first time the JOC had filed an appeal to the CAS.

    The CAS said in a release that the reason its panel upheld the IOC's decision "was due to the fact that the JOC did not comply with the applicable rules and regulations."

  2. The Court of Arbitration for Sport 2012/A/2912

    Koji Murofushi & Japanese Olympic Committee v. International Olympic Committee

    7. Conclusion

    157. By decision dated 11 August 2012, the IOC Executive Board decided to withdraw Mr Murofushi’s candidature for the IOC Athletes’ Commission. In light of all of the above, the Court of Arbitration for Sport concludes to uphold the decision of the IOC Executive Board and in turn dismisses the appeal filed by Mr Murofushi and the Japanese Olympic Committee. Having said this, the Court of Arbitration for Sport would like to add that – at least to a significant extent – Mr Murofushi was a victim of an overzealous Japanese Olympic Committee and that Mr Murofushi’s own actions were neither motivated by a desire to cheat nor can they be equated to dishonesty. Mr Murofushi’s reputation and integrity as a sportsman, therefore, remains completely untarnished.

    http://www.tas-cas.org/news

    http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/6842/5048/0/Award20291220FINAL20redacted.pdf

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