LONDON (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by Irish boxer Joseph Ward to be invited to the London Olympics ahead of a rival from Montenegro.
The court said its panel had no jurisdiction to handle Ward’s case — and in any case, “the application would have to be dismissed on the merits, too.”
Light-heavyweight Ward did not earn one of 25 direct qualifying berths for the 81-kilogram (178-pound) category.
CAS says Ward had argued that Montenegrin fighter Bosko Draskovic was not eligible for the one invitational spot.
It was offered by a panel comprising officials from boxing’s governing body AIBA, the IOC and the Association of National Olympic Committees.
CAS says Irish Olympic officials did not take part in Ward’s hearing.