By Duncan Mackay

Taekwondo athleteJanuary 20 - Mu-yen Chu, one of the athletes disqualified from last year's election for places on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission, is due to have his appeal heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne tomorrow.

The Taiwanese taekwondo gold medallist was disqualified for alleged breaches of strict campaigning rules after polling enough votes during the Olympics in London to win a seat on the influential Commission.

One of the allegations raised against Chu by the IOC Athletes' Commission election committee was that he may have handed out lollipops to promote his candidature – an allegation he denies.

Chu, 30, won an Olympic gold medal in the 58 kilogram category at Athens in 2004 and a bronze at Beijing four years later.

Japan's Koji Murofushi, the 2004 Olympic hammer champion, was also disqualified from the election for breaking the rules.

He has also appealed to CAS but a date still has to be announced for his hearing. 

A decision on the verdict in Chu's hearing is not expected to be made public for several weeks.

Following the controversial election, it was announced that skeet shooter Danka Barteková of Slovakia, Australian rower James Tomkins, swimmer Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and French canoeist Tony Estanguet had won places on the Commission.

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