Cycling - Olympic Games

China demand Olympic team sprint relegation review

China have demanded another review into the relegation of their women's cycling sprint team for an illegal changeover in the London Games final last week which cost them the gold medal.

 
China demand review - Cycling - Olympic GamesReuters
 

Chinese officials protested angrily after Guo Shuang and Gong Jinjie were relegated to silver, leaving their German opponents Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte with the gold.

Commissaires ruled that Guo had taken over too early from leadout rider Gong, but China team manager Pan Zhichen disputed the decision in a letter to International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid seen by Reuters.

"While understanding your explanation of the commissaires' decision, after serious analysis, we once again would like to state that we believe that this ... judgement is not in accordance with the rules and the regulations," Pan wrote.

It is not possible to appeal commissaires' decisions in track cycling but China still want answers.

Pan said the judgement was based on a "personal interpretation of the rules" by the commissaires' president and stated it was unsupported by any UCI regulation.

"This kind of temporary and random change of the rules will lead athletes and coaches ... into an air of confusion, and also leave the judges a possibility to make a subjective and random judgement," he added.

"I request the UCI once again (make) a reconsideration of this judgement..."

 - Eurosport
    • Related links
 
 
 
Do not miss
  • TV guide

    Find detailed TV schedules for all Eurosport channel.

  • Mobile Applications

    Find all the sports news on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and iPad.

  • Breaking News

    Follow up to the minute sports reports with Eurosport.

Follow Eurosport.com
 
On Facebook
 
On Twitter
 
On Mobile
EurosportCopyright 2014
Eurosport.com is available in other languages