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Gymnastics - 01. March 2012.

Rhythmic gymnastics appeal

A Sports Resolutions arbitrator will decide within the next seven days
whether a group of Bath-based rhythmic gymnasts have achieved the standard
for the London 2012 Olympic Games as set out by British Gymnastics.

The independent arbitrator heard evidence from both the group and British
Gymnastics at a hearing in London today. The arbitrator's role is to
consider whether the national governing correctly applied and adhered to its
selection policy.

If the group¹s appeal is successful it is understood British Gymnastics will
recommend that the British Olympic Association takes up the London 2012 host
nation place.

In the meantime, the group continue to train at their University of Bath
training base in preparation for the Europeans Championships in Russia in
May. They will also compete at the Nordic Cup in Sweden this weekend.
Great Britain have never competed in the group rhythmic gymnastics
competition at an Olympic Games.

It is understood that the British Olympic Association will announce the
British gymnastics team for 2012 on 4 July.

The group rhythmic gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics takes place
over three days at the Wembley Arena.  The group all-around qualifications
take place on Thursday 9 August and Friday 10 August, with the final on
Sunday 12 August.

The group event consists of two synchronised routines performed to music,
one with balls and the secondwith ribbons and hoops. Scores are awarded on
the basis of difficulty, artistry and execution.

Please note ­ no further comment will be made until the result of the appeal
has been announced.

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