July 19, 2007 / 6:02 PM / in 11 years

Mexico loses gymnastics medal for accreditation error

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - The Mexican women’s gymnastics team was stripped of its Panamerican Games bronze medal on Thursday after it was discovered that one of the athletes in the team had been accredited as an official.

Members of Mexico's gymnastics team stand on the podium after placing third in the women's team gymnastics competition at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro July 14, 2007. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

PASO (Pan American Sports Organisation) executive committee voted unanimously to disqualify Mexico and upgrade Canada from fourth to the bronze medal position.

During the team competition on Saturday a technical delegate noticed that a Mexican gymnast was accredited as an official (“As” accreditation), not as an athlete (“Ao” accreditation) and reported it to PASO.

After an investigation, the PASO executive committee made the decision to disqualify the Mexican team for a breach of rules.

The bronze medals will be given to the Canadian Olympic Committee, who will distribute them to the women’s team which has already left Brazil and returned home.

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