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Beckstead voted off men's technical committee

10/22/2004

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.