Blackstone silk leads appeal for GB rhythmic gymnastics team

Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC is to represent Great Britain’s rhythmic gymnastics group in their appeal against their exclusion from the Olympic Games.

Michael Beloff QC
Michael Beloff QC

The Sport Resolutions panel, an independent body set up to adjudicate sporting disputes, will hear the appeal next Wednesday (29 February).

Beloff was instructed by Gibraltar firm Hassans after the team missed the required score set by British Gymnastics in the group all-around qualifying competition in January. If the appeal is successful it could earn the self-funded team a place in London’s Olympics later this year.

British Gymnastics will be represented by solicitor advocate Simon McKay of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates.

The case is to be heard by sports arbitrator Graham Mew, a member of 4 New Square. Mew was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) to serve as a member of the ad hoc panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at the London Olympic Games in November.

Beloff has long had an association with the Olympic Games. He was appointed as a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 1996 and was an arbitrator at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

In 2004 he was appointed by London 2012, which was then bidding for the event, as ethics commissioner and chair of the London 2012 ethics advisory group.

Last year he chaired the International Cricket Council tribunal investigation into allegations of corruption by Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. They were found guilty.