Canadian Paralympic Committee statement on the decision to re-run the 5000m race



    BEIJING, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee has
been monitoring the protest around the women's T54 5000m race to ensure the
interests of the Canadian athletes involved are protected.
    For the past 24 hours, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has been
actively seeking assurances that proper procedures and processes were followed
by the international governing bodies. At this point, while it appears the
established appeal and protest procedures have been followed, not all of the
supporting documentation has been received.
    The Canadian team is particularly disappointed the medal ceremony was
held prior to the resolution of the protest.
    "We have urged BOCOG and the IPC to improve communication between the
personnel handling protests and those running the medal ceremonies," said
Canadian team Chef de Mission Debbie Low. "It's unacceptable that our athlete
was presented with the gold medal, when the results of the race were not yet
official."
    The Canadian Paralympic Committee is now turning its attention to
supporting Diane Roy and Tracey Ferguson as they focus on re-running the 5000m
race.




For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, Press Chief, Beijing 2008
Canadian Paralympic Team, Mobile: (011) 86 13439622163, Press Office: (011) 86
1066617438, norma@paralympic.ca


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