Australian pilots disqualified

Lake Keepit in northern New South Wales hosted the 10th Women’s World Championships in the period 3-17 January 2020. A total of 45 pilots from 10 countries participated in the club, standard and 18-meter classes. The Australian Women’s World Cup was surrounded by controversy over the Australian team’s use of live tracking. Now the international tribunal – led by Swedish Reno Filla – has handed down its verdict in the case. All Australian pilots have been completely disqualified. The tribunal considers their competition results during the Women’s World Cup to be invalid because they were obtained under conditions that were not fair. It was decided to give a minus of 225 points to all Australian pilots for the 9-day flight. A decision that had dramatic results for the Australian participants. Jo Davis was reduced from 1st to 4th place in the club class, and Lisa Trotter lost 3rd place in the Standard class. Now the international tribunal – led by Swedish Reno Filla – has handed down its verdict in the case. All Australian pilots have been completely disqualified. The tribunal considers their competition results during the Women’s World Cup to be invalid because they were obtained under conditions that were not fair. During the process, the National Australian Aeroclub has complained about the 225-point reduction, while Germany and England have coordinated a unanimous appeal to disqualify all Australian pilots and declare their results in the Women’s World Cup invalid. The tribunal considers having access to live tracking data to be unsportsmanlike and against fair play rules, and the Australian pilots are criticized by the tribunal for not reporting these irregularities to the competition management. However, the tribunal does not recommend FAI punish the pilots individually. On the other hand, the tribunal considers it appropriate for the FAI to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Australian Team Captain Terry Cubley and Team Coach Matthew Gage for breach of 1.12.5 of the FAI Rules. When the Australian pilots were penalized with a minus of 225 points, none of them got medals. Thus, the current disqualification of the tribunal does not lead to any redistribution of the medals. Source: ‘Nordic Gliding’.

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