Jeffrey Benz the Sole Arbitrator has released his ruling in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) case settled in the appeal filed by Jillian Terceira and the Bermuda Olympic Association has accepted the rulings.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport rules that:
1. The appeal filed by Jillian Terceira on December 2nd 2018 against the decision of the Bermuda Olympic Association Appeals Panel dated November 11th, 2016 is partially upheld.
2. The finding of a violation of the uniform policy is upheld, but the punishment of one year’s suspension from Bermuda Olympic Association activities is replaced with a written reprimand which has already occurred in the form of the charges in the prior proceedings.
3. The finding of a violation of the security policy is upheld, but the punishment of three year’s suspension from Bermuda Olympic Association activities is replaced with her being given a simple and plainly stated written reprimand regarding the rooming issue at the Pan American Games and that reprimand should be published on the BOA website.
4. To the extent any elite athlete funding that was due to Ms. Terceira from the Bermuda Olympic Association or from her National Sports Federation was suspended or terminated as a result of the allegations made in these proceedings, it shall be reinstated with effect from the time of first suspension or termination.
5. The cost of the arbitration, to be determined and served to the Parties by the CAS Court Office, shall be bore by the Bermuda Olympic Association.
6. The Bermuda Olympic Association is ordered to pay Jillian Terceira a total amount of CHF 5000 (five thousand Swiss Francs) as contribution towards the expenses incurred in connection with these arbitration proceedings.
7. All other motions or prayers for relief are dismissed.
Meanwhile a letter addressed to Terceira states the Bermuda Olympic Association has accepted the rulings of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) as communicated on January 18th, 2019.
The letter goes on, “All athletes representing Bermuda in Games held under the jurisdiction or auspices of the IOC, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Pan American Sports Organization, the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Associations are required to abide by a code of conduct as set out in the Athletes agreement. With regards to your participation in the 2015 Pan Am Games, your placement of a non-accredited guest into the Pan Am Games secured accommodations was a violation of the Code of Conduct, and therefore was subject to disciplinary action.
The Code of Conduct / Athletes Agreement provides guidance to athletes regarding their responsibilities during Games and must be adhered to.
The letter concluded, “We wish you the very best in your upcoming competitions and look forward to you representing Bermuda once again.