August 8 - The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has expressed regret over the confusion surrounding the non-qualification for the London 2012 Olympics of France's Jean-Maxence Berrou.
But the UIPM has insisted that the "false hope" Berrou (pictured above) had been given of taking part in Saturday's (August 11) Olympic competition was the responsibility of his own federation, whose appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was turned down on Monday (August 6).
A place made available through the suspension of a Polish pentathlete, Łukasz Klekot, because of a doping case, eventually went to the Irish athlete, Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe.
"UIPM is disappointed that false hope has been given to Mr Berrou," a statement today read.
"But the initial false hope was given to him by his own national federation who did not apply the rules correctly and published his qualification incorrectly, even before deadline given by the UIPM according to qualification document.
"The French Modern Pentathlon Federation (FFPM) published on their own the 'qualification' of Mr Berrou, before the governing body UIPM published the list of qualified athletes.
"This was wrong, and created false hope for Mr Berrou.
"In fact, the French federation mixed up the process of obtained quota places by name and reallocations.
"The UIPM was immediately backed up by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in its reasoning and the way it conducted its allocations and re-allocations.
"The French Federation appealed the UIPM jurisdiction, but the process took longer than expected due to procedural difficulties linked to language issues [English is the official language of UIPM].
"After all of this, the doping case of the Polish athlete Mr Klekot occurred.
"The replacement of Mr Klekot was complicated, in the sense that it happened after the deadline was already a late replacement issue and the point was to understand if he had to be replaced by the reallocation logic stated in the qualification document, or by the UIPM reserve.
"This is why, after the final evaluation, UIPM decided (again backed up by the IOC) that the Irish athlete Mr Lanigan-O'Keeffe was the athlete to replace Mr Klekot.
"This decision was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration on Monday."
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August 2012: CAS turns down Berrou for London 2012 following "translation error"