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World gymnastics body investigates two judges over suspected errors

03/15/2012 10:33 EDT | Updated 05/15/2012 05:12 EDT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The International Gymnastics Federation has opened disciplinary cases against two women judges over suspected mistakes made during women's events at the 2011 world championships held in Tokyo.

The FIG said Thursday that its disciplinary commission will meet in mid-April, and the two judges' identity will remain confidential.

"Upon publication of the commission's decision, the identity of the two judges will be released," the federation said in a statement.

FIG spokesman Philippe Silacci told The Associated Press that world championships results and medals will not be revised.

Canada's women's team finished 11th in Tokyo, missing one of the eight berths open for the 2012 Olympics. The Canadians then secured a berth for the Games in a second qualifier in January in London, finishing second to grab one of the four spots available.

Qualification places for the London Olympics are unchanged despite the disciplinary procedures, Silacci said.

The FIG did not identify in which events the judging errors are suspected to have occurred last October.

The potential mistakes were spotted by a FIG technical committee two weeks ago during detailed studies of judging marks, Silacci said.

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