Backstroke issue linked to judges' report

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

The backstroke row at the Olympic pool was the result of a blank judges' report, a high-ranking swimming official has said.

Backstroke issue linked to judges' report

Athens:

The backstroke row at the Olympic pool was the result of a blank judges' report, a high-ranking swimming official has said. Initially, no one could explain why American Aaron Peirsol's victory on Thursday in the 200m backstroke was temporarily taken away and then given back. Officials said only that a judgment on Peirsol's final turn was "not in the working language of FINA," the sport's world governing body. It turns out there was no "language" at all, FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said. "Nothing at all, it was only signed," he said. "Normally they would write what violation was made." Fixing blame Marculescu confirmed that lane judge Denis Cadon of France signaled a violation, and chief officer Felix Mikhailov of Russia and referee Woon Sui Kut of Singapore signed off on the blank report. Marculescu said there were no actual language problems and that Woon, who was in charge on the pool deck, speaks fluent English. The working languages of FINA are English and French. Woon could be banned for the fiasco. "The only person to decide is the referee. Unfortunately, he signed the report with nothing written on it. It's really strange," Marculescu said. "Probably the FINA bureau will look at him in the coming days." International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, who watched last night's races at the aquatic center, said he had heard about the controversy, but would not comment on it "because this is not something that I should be involved in." (AP)

Topics : Swimming
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