By Duncan Mackay in Vancouver

February 12 - Ireland's women's bobsleigh team will be able to take part in the Olympics here after the latest attempt to take their place in the competition was defeated.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an application, made by the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation (CBDG), for the Brazilian women's bobsleigh team be admitted in place of the Irish team, whose place had previously been put in jeopardy by a challenge from Australia.

The CAS panel rejected the CBDG's application and also dismissed a request that the panel should direct the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to offer an additional place in the women's bobsleigh event.

On Tuesday, CAS suggested to the IOC and Vancouver 2010 that an Australian women's bob team should be included in the Games and recommended the inclusion of a 21st team.

On Wednesday, the IOC ratified CAS' recommendations, including both the Australian and Irish bobsleigh teams in the women's two-man bobsleigh competition.

Aoife Hoey, Ireland's flag-bearer in the opening ceremony, and Claire Bergin will be relieved that the Brazilian challenge - which was based on how the Irish qualified for the Olympics - was rejected by CAS.

Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) chief executive Stephen Martin said: "Thanks to the support of the Olympic Council President Pat Hickey and the OCI legal advisor Giles Kennedy, Aoife and Claire's right to compete in the Games has been protected.

"It's been a difficult week for all concerned, but now we can look forward to the Games commencing."

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