Decision in the case of Ms Ekaterini Thanou's participation in the 2008 Beijing Games
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today in Beijing to reach a decision in the case of Ms Ekaterini Thanou’s participation in the Beijing Olympic Games.
Upon receiving the recommendations of the IOC’s Disciplinary Commission, the EB declared Ms Thanou ineligible to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games under Rule 23.2.1 of the Olympic Charter. In addition, the EB further decided to apply Rule 45.2.2.
Rule 23.2.1 provides for temporary ineligibility as a disciplinary measure or sanction. Rule 45.2.2 allows the IOC to refuse entry to any person at its own discretion. In the case of Ms Thanou its application is intended to firmly signal the IOC’s moral consideration that this case is serious, and that Ms Thanou’s actions in 2004 and subsequently have brought the Olympic Movement into disrepute.
- Olympic Charter – Rule 23.2.1. “with regard to individual competitors and teams: temporaray or permanent ineligibility or exclusion from the Olympic Games, disqualification or exclusion, the medals and diplomas obtained in relation to the relvant infringement of the Olympic Charter shall be returned to the IOC. In addition, at the discretion of the IOC Executive Board, a competitor or a team may lose the benefit of any ranking obtained in relation to other events at the Olympic Games at which he or it was disqualified or excluded in such case the medals and diplomas won by him or it shall be returned to the IOC (Executive Board).
- Olympic Charter – Rule 45.2.2. “Only NOCs recognised by the IOC may enter competitors in the Olympic Games. Any entry is subject to acceptance by the IOC, which may at its discretion, at any time, refuse any entry, without indication of grounds. Nobody is entitled to any right of any kind to participate in the Olympic Games.”
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