South Sudan Headed to Court of Sport Arbitration
Thursday, August, 11, 2016
An Olympic games already marred by issues of cheating will have another case head to the Court of Sport Arbitration. The recent legal challenge arose after a South Sudanese athlete was banned from the country’s Olympic team.
MangarChuot was chosen to represent the South Sudan Athletics Federation in the 200 m track and field event. Chuot is a refugee based in Western Australia and was dropped from the country’s team after accusations of corruption. The decision was ignored by the country’s Olympic committee and it did not bother choosing two other athletes as replacements. Chuot stated publicly he only learned of the exclusion from the team from a third party several weeks after the decision had been made in early July.
Following notice of the decision, Chuot’s Australian coach and the South Sudan Athletics Federation lodged an appeal that would enable his case to be heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Rio de Janeiro. The Australian coach encouraged Chuot to attend the games in Rio in hopes things will be worked out in time for him to compete.
The federation also deregistered two of the athletes chosen by the country’s Olympic committee because of accusations corruption. The chosen female sprinter was not the fastest option available and some believe she was chosen because she had appeared in a commercial for a Samsung product. One person involved in the decision even stated in writing the runner was chosen because she needed to “complete the story” for Samsung. Samsung has stated it has no role in athlete selection and supports all national Olympic committees.