CAS dismisses Olympic challenge from Irish boxer

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday dismissed a request for arbitration filed by Irish boxer Joseph Ward.

Ward requested arbitration because he was not picked to go to the London Olympics by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) or a Tripartite Commission composed of representatives from the IOC, AIBA and the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Bosko Draskovic of Montenegro was instead invited to the games, and Ward asserted that the qualification criteria were not properly applied.

A CAS panel conducted a hearing Wednesday evening, and decided it didn't have jurisdiction in the case. It said that even if it did have jurisdiction, Ward's application for arbitration would have been dismissed on merit.

"Indeed, Ward would not have qualified for any open slot had any such slot been made available based on his claim that Bosko Draskovic was not eligible by the Tripartite Commission," said the CAS decision.