Veerpalu's Court Victory Dropped from 'Sports Event of the Year' Shortlist ({{commentsTotal}})

Andrus Veerpalu
Andrus Veerpalu Source: Photo: ERR Sport

An Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) and ERR shortlist for the 'Sports Event of the Year' has removed retired skier Andrus Veerpalu's win over the Court of Arbitration for Sports at his own request and after criticism from ex-Olympic medalist MPs.

Veerplau himself sent a letter to ERR today asking that his nomination to be voided, saying that the topic has polarized the nation.

Three Olympic medal winning MPs sent a letter to ERR on Monday asking for the nomination to be removed as the ruling left doubt whether Veerpalu was completely innocent of doping charges.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Veerpalu was acquitted of the charges by the international court in March, but court officials said in the decision that they still suspect the cross-country skier of breaking doping rules.

The other candidates for the award, which is decided by public vote, are the two fencing world championship gold medals, the national basketball team securing a berth in the European Championships, and Estonia versus the Netherlands football game, which ended 2-2.