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Canadian boxer Bujold plans to pursue case in Court of Arbitration

Canadian boxer Bujold plans to pursue case in Court of Arbitration

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold plans to bring her fight for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Bujold and his lawyer Sylvie Rodrigue petitioned the International Olympic Committee for a place due to her maternity and pregnancy leave, and had hoped for a decision by Friday.

But Bujold said in an email “we are disappointed and frankly surprised that neither the IOC nor the (Olympic Boxing Task Force) have yet responded” to his lawyer’s letter sent on April 23.

“They have not yet contacted to indicate whether they plan to rectify the qualifying rules to accommodate female athletes who were pregnant or postpartum during the chosen qualifying period for Tokyo.”

After a year of competition wiped out by the global pandemic, the 11-time national flyweight champion was confident she would secure a place at the Olympic qualifying tournament in May in Buenos Aires, but the event was recently canceled due to the rise of COVID-19. Argentina case numbers.

“If we hear nothing at all by Monday, we will have no choice but to pursue a discrimination lawsuit before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. We are also exploring other legal avenues,” said Bujold.

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No contest

With no competitions on the calendar, the IOC revised its ranking system, using three events between 2018 and 2019 to determine the four places available in Bujold’s weight class. The 33-year-old from Kitchener, Ont., Had been placed second before her maternity leave, but did not compete in all three events used in the revised ranking because she had just given birth to daughter Kate Olympia.

Continental qualifiers were originally scheduled for March, but dropped due to the pandemic.

Two-time Pan American Games champion Bujold would be the first woman to box for Canada at a back-to-back Olympics if she could secure a spot. Illness derailed her dreams at the Rio 2016 Games. Hours before her quarterfinal loss to China’s Ren Cancan, she was ill in hospital on an intravenous drip. She had to settle for fifth place.

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Qualifying for the Olympics has been a huge challenge, especially in countries like Canada where travel restrictions are tight.

Canadian lawyer and long-time IOC member Dick Pound is familiar with Bujold’s case.

“I don’t know what the correct resolution is,” he told The Canadian Press earlier this month. “I think the idea now is to find a way to avoid this kind of victim, resulting from the mere fact that the athlete is female.

“I think the IOC is grappling with this. How they’re going to solve it, I don’t know. I think at this point, with a lot of qualifying competitions being canceled or postponed, it’s up to whoever is organizing. things, whether it’s the (international federation) or the IOC in this case, to find a way that is as minimally disruptive as possible, under the circumstances. “

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