By Emily Goddard

Six Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee members have lodged an appeal with the CAS ©AFP/Getty ImagesJanuary 16 - Six members of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee have lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against "ungrounded accusations" surrounding the discovery of alleged "irregularities" at a series of judges' courses in 2012.

Former Technical Committee President Maria Szyszkowska, incumbent leader Natalia Kuzmina, five other Committee members and 16 judges were all implicated in the long running scandal, and their latest appeal against the allegations and sanctions were unanimously rejected by the FIG Appeal Tribunal last month.

However, six officials have now decided to take the appeal to the CAS and have insisted they will continue to fight to clear their names.

"I and five other members of the Technical Committee filed an appeal as we are resolved to continue defending our reputation against ungrounded accusations," Kuzmina told insidethegames.

"I hope that justice will prevail and we will be able to return to our duties in the near future and do the work we devoted our lives to."

Speaking during an exclusive interview with insidethegames last year, Kuzmina claimed the disciplinary action against the officials was, in fact, an attempt to "discredit rhythmic gymnastics from the list of Olympic sports".

The sanctions being faced by the officials include suspensions, and the cancellation of exam results and judges brevets gained during the courses, while Szyszkowska was stripped of her honorary FIG membership.

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