Vanuatu still seeking justice after Olympic beach volleyball snub

The President of the Vanuatu Olympic Committee, Antoine Boudier, is still pursuing justice for beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu, after they were denied a last minute chance to compete in the Rio Olympics last year.

In the end they missed out after the Italians were allowed to replace one of their two athletes even though she had failed a dope test.

Mr Boudier has just been voted on to the Oceania National Olympic Committees executive board, and he says he’s determined that the ideals which ONOC aspires to, should apply to the entire Olympic movement.

“We did put up our case to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after having find out that one of the Italians failed a doping test, but we later found out that our case was dismissed and advised that one of the Italian’s was replaced on medical conditions, therefore allowing the Italian team to compete.

“The result saw 8 years of preparation gone down the drain, after the unfair decision was handed down, despite the Olympic values to promote fairness, respect and excellence.

“We will not rest this case, as the decision points out to all athletes that, just take drugs to qualify and replace the athlete before going to the Olympic Games.

“At the end of the day it’s not so much about my country, but the Oceania region we represent,” Boudier said in an interview with ABC news.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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