Photo: Paul ZimmerTamira Paszek (AUT)
The ITF Board of Directors voted to uphold the appeal of Tennis Austria against the decision of the ITF Olympic Committee that Tamira Paszek (AUT) was not eligible for the Olympic Tennis Event because she had not fulfilled the Fed Cup component of the Olympic Eligibility Rule.
In their appeal, Tennis Austria provided additional documentation to the ITF Board that was not available at the time of the ITF Olympic Committee meeting that confirmed that Ms. Paszek had made herself available in 2010 but had not been selected.
This documentation included affidavits from the Austrian Fed Cup captain Jurgan Waber and additional information about Ms. Paszek’s back injury during the second half of 2009.
Therefore, the Board determined that Ms. Paszek had met the two components of the rule, that she is in good standing with Tennis Austria and had made herself available to compete in two Fed Cup ties in the Olympic cycle including 2010 and 2012 where she competed for Austria in Europe/Africa Zone Group I.
Ms. Paszek replaces Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) who has told Swiss Tennis that she will not compete in the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event.