CAS to rule on whether ski cross suits worn by French medalists were illegal
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is scheduled to meet late Saturday night in order to discuss whether the suits worn by the French ski cross team in Sochi — a group comprised of gold medalist Jean-Frederic Chapuis, silver medalist Arnaud Bovolenta, and bronze medalist Jonathan Midol — were illegal.
A ruling is expected to be issued Sunday.
In a statement, the CAS said objections to the suits were raised by both the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Slovenian Olympic Committee (SOC):
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA), the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Slovenian Olympic Committee (SOC) ask for the disqualification of all of the French competitors from the 20 February 2014 ski cross Big Final competition and for the correction of the final rankings,” CAS said in a statement.
They allege that, just before the Big Final, French support staff changed the shaping of the lower leg suits of the riders creating an aerodynamic effect that the appellants submit is contrary to the International Freestyle Skiing Competition Rules.
If the French team is indeed found guilty of sartorial malfeasance, the new podium would consist of Canada’s Brady Leman, Russia’s Egor Korotkov, and Slovenia’s Filip Flisar.