Beckstead voted off men's technical committee
ANTALYA, Turkey -- A U.S. judge involved in the scoring mistake that may have helped Paul Hamm win the all-around gold medal at the Athens Olympics lost his place Friday on a key committee of gymnastics' world governing body.
George Beckstead was defeated in his bid for re-election to the men's technical committee of the international gymnastics federation (FIG).
Beckstead oversaw the panel that determined the start value for South Korea's Yang Tae-young in the parallel bars. Yang was wrongly docked a tenth of a point and finished with the bronze medal.
FIG acknowledged the error in Athens and suspended Beckstead and the two judges who determined the start values, Benjamin Bango of Spain and Oscar Buitrago Reyes of Colombia.
Yang appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, claiming he was the rightful gold medalist. But CAS rejected the appeal Thursday, ruling that Hamm remained champion.
Despite his suspension as a judge, Beckstead remained eligible for re-election to the committee. He received 29 out of a possible 97 votes.
Bruno Grandi was re-elected unopposed as FIG president, a post he has held since 1997. He received 86 of a possible 96 votes to win a third term through 2008.
USA Gymnastics president Robert Colarossi was among new members elected to the executive committee.
The executive panel will meet next month in Birmingham, England, to determine how long Beckstead and the two judges will be suspended. The technical committee will meet early next year to consider a new points system and possible introduction of video replays.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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