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Sports Roundup Court picks panel to hear de Bruin tampering appeal

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Mark Jones

DUBLIN — The judges who will hear Michelle de Bruin’s appeal against her four-year ban from swimming were announced last week.

The three officials who will determine de Bruin’s competitive future are French-Canadian lawyer Yves Fortier, former Olympic rower Denis Oswald and an English academic lawyer, Michael Belloff.

The appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early February. The three judges were agreed on by de Bruin’s legal team and by representatives of FINA, the world governing body of swimming.

De Bruin, who won three gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, received her ban for tampering with an out-of-competition urine sample that was collected at her home in Kilkenny last January.

Carruth eyes ring return

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Former Olympic boxing champion Michael Carruth will make the first defense of his WAA world welterweight title when he meets Scotland’s Scott Dixon in a return match in London in February.

Carruth narrowly outpointed Dixon last September to take the title and the 31-year-old Dubliner is hoping for a more convincing win this time. If successful, he will try to land a high-profile fight with either Oscar de la Hoya, the WBC champion, the IBF’s title holder, Felix Trinidad, or James Page, the WBA champion.

Turnbulls turns it on

Gareth Turnbull of Belfast enhanced his reputation as one of Ireland’s most promising young athletes when he finished third in the European Junior Cross-Country championships in Portugal last weekend.

Turnbull, who also won a bronze medal in the European Junior 1500 meters championship last year, was just five seconds behind the winner. However, there was no good news from the senior race, where newcomer Martin McCarthy was best of the Irish coming home in 16th place some 40 seconds behind the winner, Sergy Lebid of the Ukraine.

Una English was the leading Irish performer in the women’s race, finishing 15th in a race won by Paula Radcliffe of England.

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