Medal appeal withdrawn

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

There will not be another medal from this summer's Athen Olympics for Calgary gymnast Kyle Shewfelt.

Gymnastics Canada yesterday withdrew part of its appeal from the Court for Arbitration for Sport after officials felt there was no chance of reversing a decision that would have given Shewfelt a bronze medal on vault.

The 22-year-old finished fourth, edged off the podium by Marian Dragulescu despite the fact the Romanian muffed his landing. He was still awarded third by the judges.

"I'm not really disappointed because it was never really about the medal," said Shewfelt, who won gold on the floor, Canada's first Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics.

"I wanted to push it to the highest level, so I had no regrets and it's not something I ever lost any sleep over.

"I controlled everything I could."

In previous cases, the Court of Arbitration for Sport generally didn't review field of play decisions made by judges who are responsible for applying the rules of a sport.

The organization can only step in if an official's field of play decision is tainted by fraud or corruption.

Gymnastics Canada officials felt there was virtually no chance of having the field of play decision reversed in Shewfelt's case.

But that doesn't mean the seven-demand appeal has been completely dropped.

Gymnastics Canada still plans on pressuring the International Gymnastics Federation to ensure the judging irregularities at the 2004 Games are investigated and action is taken to correct the situation.

"These obvious irregularities are unacceptable and should not be left without any consequences," said Jean-Paul Caron, president & CEO of Gymnastics Canada in a statement.

Shewfelt said the demands include getting a formal apology from the judges.

"I'm still positive good changes are going to be made," he said.

After a long break away from the gym since the Olympics, Shewfelt has been training again at the U of C gym club with coach Tony Smith and plans on competing in Melbourne, Australia, at next year's world championships in November.

His former coach, Kelly Manjak, moved to Toronto to raise his family.


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