Buzzold appealed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision not to allow her to Tokyo because she did not fight in the qualifying stage. However, she argued that the decision did not take into account the fact that she was on maternity leave.
I am very pleased to announce that the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport was given this morning. I am proud to have won my legal battle, Wrote Kitchener Pujilist on social media.
The court ruled. International Olympic Committee decisions regarding boxing qualifications include accommodation for women who are pregnant or inside Post-partum Within the eligibility period, She added.
My Olympic dream is still intact.
In Tokyo, Mandy Bujold became the first Canadian to compete in boxing at two consecutive Olympic Games. She finished 5th in Rio in 2016.
We put it all in the ring. It was one of the most important struggles of my career, but very important. I believe that is correct and I have worked very hard. I am so proud to be a forerunner of human rights for women athletes today and for generations to come., Bujold wrote on social media.
The Canadian Olympic Committee responded positively to the CAS decision:
COC strongly believes in gender equity in sport and we are pleased with the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Mandy Buzzold’s appeal on her eligibility for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We have found that the eligibility systems are very complex, the effects of COVID-19 and some decisions have unintended consequences.