Judoka has Glasgow selection appeal dismissed

13:56, Jun 06 2014

Gisborne judoka Joy Williams has had her appeal for Commonwealth Games selection dismissed.

Williams appealed against the decision not to include her on "a number of grounds", the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand said.

"Including that Judo New Zealand didn't properly follow or implement the nomination criteria, she wasn't given a reasonable opportunity by JNZ to satisfy the criteria and there was no material on which the decision could reasonably be based," it said.

Williams complained that the selectors put too much emphasis on the strength and quality of her opponents in various contests leading up to the Games and the importance of that was not properly communicated to her when she decided which competitions to enter.

That claim was rejected.

The tribunal also rejected that Williams was treated differently to another athlete who had been nominated.

"That athlete's record and history was significantly different and there were extenuating circumstances in that case which didn't exist in [Williams'] case," the tribunal said in its report.

The tribunal was not satisfied there was any fundamental flaw or failure in the process the selectors took or that the selectors did not have all the relevant information available to them.

"The tribunal therefore dismissed the appeal," it said. 

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