Australian Appeal for Olympic Selection Dismissed

Published on June 27th, 2016

When Australian Sailing made the decision to not compete in the women’s skiff event at the 2016 Olympic Games, Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks, who had campaigned for selection, challenged the decision. Here is a statement by Australian Sailing regarding the situation:

On 27 June 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal by Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks against the decision by the Australian Sailing Appeals Tribunal. The Tribunal’s decision was to uphold the non nomination of a crew in the 49er FX class to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) based on the performance standards set by Australian Sailing.

With the matter now concluded, Matt Carroll, Australian Sailing CEO, said “we have followed the process as set down in the Olympic Team By-Law, which provides all athletes with the ability to appeal a selection decision. We acknowledge the commitment and dedication of all those athletes who were vying for Olympic nomination across all classes but Australian Sailing believes Olympic Games nomination requires the highest standard of performance.”

Australian Sailing thanks the athletes and their legal advisors, as well as its own legal representatives and officials, for the spirit in which the appeals were conducted.

The decision by CAS concludes the appeals process.

Source: Megan McKay, Australian Sailing

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