Canadian Olympic ski cross appeal denied

Austria's Matt Andreas (left to right), France's Jean Frederic Chapuis, France's Jonas Devouassoux...

Austria's Matt Andreas (left to right), France's Jean Frederic Chapuis, France's Jonas Devouassoux and France's Jonathan Midol compete during the men's skicross quarterfinals at the Sochi Winter 2014 Olympics, Feb. 20, 2014. (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/Reuters)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Sunday dismissed the appeals of Canada and Slovenia to have three French ski cross medallists disqualified for wearing modified race suits.

CAS dismissed the protests filed by Canada and Slovenia, who charged that the outfits worn by Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol, who won gold, silver and bronze respectively, were illegal.

The first application to CAS came from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the second from the Slovenian Olympic Committee (SOC).

Earlier, the Canadians and Slovenians protested to the International Ski Federation that the French athletes changed their attire just before the Big Final to gain an aerodynamic advantage, created by the shaping of the lower section of the ski pants, which is contrary to International Freestyle Skiing Competition rules. However, FIS ruled that the protests could not be entertained because they were not "filed on time after the race". Canada and Slovenia then appealed to CAS.

Calgary's Brady Leman finished fourth behind the French trio.


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