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Top London Olympics rhythmic gymnastics official banned

Jul 10, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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The lead rhythmic gymnastics official at the 2012 Olympics was expelled by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) after allegations of “irregularities” at international judges’ courses in the fall of 2012.

Poland’s Maria Szyszkowska, former president of the sport’s technical committee, was stripped of her FIG membership and “excluded from any form of participation in all FIG events and activities.”

Six other technical committee members were suspended until Dec. 31, 2014, including American Caroline Hunt. They have 21 days to appeal.

The suspensions stem not from major event judging, but from three international judges’ courses in November and December.

“It noted irregularities in the conduct of these three courses, notably considering that many judges had the same scores and same percentages, that arbitrary and unjustified bonus were given to participants and that examination was not done anonymously, making it possible to recognize which exam belonged to whom,” the FIG wrote in June.

There were two rhythmic gymnastics events at the London Olympics, the group and individual all-arounds, both won by Russia. The only U.S. entry, Julie Zetlin, finished 21st in the individual competition.

The rhythmic gymnastics world championships are Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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  1. mogogo1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Well deserved suspensions, I’m sure, but how did this differ from business as usual? A couple years back somebody analyzed judges’ scores for ice dancing and discovered that like the top 10 had finished every single program for several events straight in their world ranking order. (The 4th best team never had a program where they finished anywhere but 4th, etc.) It doesn’t get much more obvious than that.

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