OPINION: The New Zealand Olympic Committee is claiming contrition but they can't let the Valerie Adams start-list blunder lie at that.
Fortunately someone in Team Adams has an eagle eye and noticed her name was omitted. No harm has been done, more by luck than good management.
Immediately after the Olympic shot put final this morning, NZOC team chief Dave Currie and chief executive Kereyn Smith need to launch a full inquiry.
They say they are taking it extremely seriously but let's see them back their contrition with action.
They owe it to Adams and to future New Zealand athletes to get to the bottom of the matter and ensure it never happens again.
No Olympian, let alone a defending champion, should be subjected to that level of stress.
The NZOC and, ultimately, Adams should be grateful that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee are more forgiving than their Fifa football counterparts.
New Zealand Football missed a deadline to appeal against a harsh suspension on All Whites goalkeeper Glen Moss in 2009.
It was holiday time in New Zealand and the fax wasn't sent to Zurich on time. The upshot: Moss was made to serve his full four-game ban, lost his All Whites place to Mark Paston and never played a game in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa because he was still suspended for the first two matches. The mistake didn't go down well with Moss's fellow players.
At least the Adams' start-list oversight wasn't as serious as the administrative arrogance and errors that saw the New Zealand Rugby Union stripped of sub-host status for the 2003 Rugby World Cup finals.
The NZRU adopted a “she'll be right" attitude to issues such as as guaranteeing “clean" stadia free of sponsorship and advertising deals. They mocked the International Rugby Board on national TV and swiftly found the IRB didn't have a sense of humour.
The rules around the Olympic Games frustrate a lot of people, including the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. The Jamaican bleated about not being able to bring some items into the stadium before he won the best 100m race of all time.
But rules are rules and deadlines must be met. An intransigent IAAF or IOC official could have made life very difficult if they had insisted on the absolute letter of the rule.
Currie will take the blame - as a good chef de mission should - when a subordinate stuffs up. There's no need for a witch-hunt, nor should anyone be made to walk the plank.
But it's imperative that Adams - sure to be a star at Rio in 2016 - and future New Zealand Olympians can have confidence that systems are in place to ensure this slice of New Zealand Olympics history is never repeated.
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