Dutch Judge Rejects |Gymnast’s Appeal

     (AP) – A Dutch judge has rejected gymnast Yuri van Gelder’s legal bid for reinstatement in the Netherlands’ Olympic team in time to compete in Monday’s rings final.
     The brief written decision by Judge Ronald Boonekamp, can be appealed, but in a text message to The Associated Press, Van Gelder’s lawyer said there is “No time” to appeal ahead of the final.
     The decision followed a high-stakes hearing Friday in a packed courtroom in the eastern city of Arnhem that was the latest twist in 33-year-old Van Gelder’s turbulent sports career which, alongside his 2005 world title, has also featured a ban for cocaine use and being dropped from a Dutch World Championships team for alleged drug use.
     Van Gelder had argued he was unfairly thrown out of Rio by team managers on Monday for late-night drinking and missing an early morning training session.

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