The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s temporary Beijing operation already has ruled on two controversial cases over Olympics eligibility. Things are sure to get get busier over the next 17 days.
The first case, settled Aug. 4, upheld the right of the German National Olympic Committee to select tennis player Rainer Schuettler for the Olympics team, even though other German players rank higher on the International Tennis Federation‘s scale (that’s a separate measure from the more popular Association of Tennis Professionals rankings). Germany cited Schuettler’s big match experience — he made it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon this year. The ITF balked, saying Germany should be forced to round out its four-player men’s Olympic team by following ITF rankings.
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