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Tuesday, 4th September 2012
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Japan appeals to have hammer thrower included in IOC commission

Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi had his bid to join the International Olympics Committee's (IOC) Athlete Commission thrown out amid allegations he broke election rules. 

However, Japan's Olympic Committee (JOP), which is aiming to host the 2020 Games, has appealed to the IOC over what it described as a "misinterpretation".

Reports indicate that Muroshushi was disqualified from elections for carrying out campaigning opportunities at the Athletes' Village during this year's competition in London.

Yoshiji Nogami, a member of the JOP, told reporters yesterday (September 3rd) that an appeal had been filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kyodo news quoted him as saying: "There has been a misinterpretation between the parties. There was not enough time to verify the facts.

"We want the rules to be clarified."

Murosuhi took bronze in the men's hammer throw event in the UK capital this summer.

He would play a pivotal role in securing the 2020 Games for Japan if he makes it onto the IOC commission.

Posted by Mark Smith

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