Top sports court to rule on IOC election challenge

Associated Press Modified: September 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm •  Published: September 4, 2012
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The top court in international sports expects to take about four months to rule on Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi's disputed bid to become an International Olympic Committee member.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Murofushi and the Japanese Olympic Committee are challenging the IOC's decision to annul his election as an athletes' representative during the London Games.

"The matter is of extreme importance to Murofushi, an athlete who is proud to have adhered to the Olympic values throughout his career," JOC official Yasuhiro Nakamori said in a statement Tuesday.

Murofushi won gold at the 2004 Athens Games and bronze at the London Olympics, where he was among 21 athlete candidates competing for four IOC member seats. Almost 7,000 athletes — a 64 percent turnout — voted.

Though Murofushi and taekwondo fighter Chu Mu-yen of Taiwan finished in the top four places, the IOC board barred them from accepting their eight-year posts for breaking election rules.

"While the Japanese Olympic Committee and Koji Murofushi respect the IOC's ruling, we believe that a misinterpretation of Murofushi's actions caused the current circumstance," Nakamori said.