This protest has identified Danielle Brown's classification status as "Not Eligible" and this means that when the new rules come into effect on 1 April 2014, Danielle Brown will no longer be allowed to compete as a Paralympic athlete.
However, Danielle is eligible to compete in able bodied and open archery competitions using her stool as an assistive device, required due to her impairment.
Danielle Brown commented: "I am obviously very disappointed with the outcome. My disability has stopped me doing so many things in my life and archery has been the one thing that gave me focus and purpose. Winning gold at London was one of the best moments in my life and now, 18 months later, it is heartbreaking to learn that I cannot defend my Paralympic title."
"I'm very grateful for the funding support I have received from UK Sport and sponsors, via Archery GB, as this has enabled me to train full time. Although I can continue to compete in able bodied competition I still have to live with my disability and the funding support I have received as a Para archer will come to an end, making life much more challenging. I've had great support from the British Athletes' Commission and Lewis Silkin LLP during the protest process and I'm continuing to work with them to explore additional medical evidence and decide if there are grounds for an appeal to the IPC."
Sara Symington, Performance Director at Archery GB said: "We are extremely disappointed that Danielle's classification status remains unchanged following the protest classification. We will continue to support her at this very difficult time and transition funding has been offered. We believe Danielle still has an important role to play in archery."
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