Officials lose appeal on World Sailing ban

Published on September 6th, 2022

by Geoff Berkeley, insidethegames
Eight Russian and Belarusian World Sailing officials, including Council member Tatiana Ermakova, remain temporarily suspended by the global governing body after losing their appeals.

World Sailing’s independent panel decided to dismiss their appeals to regain their places on various committees.

Ermakova of Russia has been temporarily suspended along with Yana Dobzhitskaya, Natalia Chubenko, Anna Deyanova, Pavel Sobolev, Anastasia Maletina, Natalia Kurbatova Lueders and Polina Golovina.

The decision was taken by World Sailing in May after the Council agreed by a 75 per cent majority that there were “extraordinary circumstances to temporarily suspend the relevant World Sailing members of Committees, Commissions, working parties and other relevant bodies”.

The affected officials have been unable to take part in World Sailing events, activities or conferences until their suspensions are lifted, with the Board to review the situation every three months.

Following the move, Lorenz Walch, defending the suspended officials, submitted an appeal to the World Sailing Judicial Board.

According to the independent panel, Walch complained that there had been no sufficient explanation for the suspension and there was insufficient information provided on the voting forms.

Onside Law, representing World Sailing, claimed that Walch had “fundamentally misunderstood” the rationale of the suspension and rejected the claim that the impact on the officials was “bigger than the damage” to World Sailing. – Full report

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