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Court dismisses Azerbaijan's case against Spain

Azerbaijan will not be allowed to compete in the Olympic women's field hockey tournament, after an arbitration court on Saturday dismissed its request to remove the Spanish team from the Beijing Games for doping violations.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Azerbaijan will not be allowed to compete in the Olympic women's field hockey tournament, after an arbitration court on Saturday dismissed its request to remove the Spanish team from the Beijing Games for doping violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has put a special tribunal in place in Beijing to rule quickly on disputes involving the Aug. 8-24 games, said Azerbaijan "had no standing ... to request such relief" and threw out the appeal.

Azerbaijan had requested to take the place of the Spanish team, challenging a decision by the International Hockey Federation, known as FIH, on alleged doping violations by two Spanish players at an Olympic qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Spain qualified for the Olympics with a 3-2 victory over Azerbaijan on April 20 but two of its players, Gloria Comerma and another unidentified player, tested positive for banned substances after the match.

The FIH ruled Comerma committed a violation, but decided not to impose any sanction because it found "there was no fault or negligence on her part." The federation's judicial commission said the second player did not commit a doping violation.

The sport's rules state that a country must be disqualified from a tournament if more than one team member tests positive.