Agnel Complaint Denied by the Appeals Committee in Montpellier

2016 French LC Nationals Montpellier Agnel appeal decisionApproximately three hours after the completion of the men’s 200 free final at the 2016 French Elite National Championships, in which defending Olympic champion Yannick Agnel appeared to finish second but was deemed to have placed third, the Appeals Committee issued its official decision. A rough translation by Anne Lepesant follows:

Meeting of the Appeals Committee

The Appeals Committee, made up of

Mr. Francis Luyce, President of the FFN,
Mr. Michel Sauget, general secretary of the FFN, federal delegate,
Mr. Henri Wachter, Vice-president delegate, in charge of elites,
Mr. Gilles Sezionale, Vice-president delegate, President of the swimming commission,
Mr. Jacques Favre, National technical director

met today, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in order to study the complaint submitted by Mr. Lionel Horter, on behalf of Mulhouse Olympique Natation, concerning the ranking of the A final of the 200 meter freestyle event.

The Appeals Committee became aware of the complaint and found it admissible.

It took note of the response made by the event referee and fully analyzed all information provided.

Considering that the video, being unofficial, cannot be used in these circumstances, the committee heard the arguments of the referee and verified that the official published rankings are perfectly consistent with FINA rules.

In consequence, the committee confirms the decision of the referee and the published rankings and times.

Agreed to in Montpellier on Wednesday, March 30 at 9:35 p.m.

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Swimmer A
4 years ago

So if French swimmers don’t hit finals level times they get the axe. If the FFN makes dumb mistakes like this do any of them get the axe?

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

So sports administrators are idiots everywhere. APPEAL AGNEL!

Human Ambition
4 years ago

They represent the same federation as the leader that most strongly opposed the ruling on the FINA technical meeting at the OW world cup in Abu Dhabi in February. Then France stood up for reason instead when they thought rules lacked sanity.

As for what I can see there is no doubt that he touched the pad?

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