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Reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill will not defend her gold medal. After it was announced that Snowsill was not selected to Australia’s Olympic team, she went forward with the necessary steps to appeal the decision. Snowsill revealed today that her appeal was dismissed, and she will not be competing in London.
Snowsill posted the following statement on her website:
I wish to announce that my appeal to the Triathlon Australia Appeals Tribunal has been dismissed.
Whilst I am upset with the outcome, I have to respect the decision of the Tribunal and will not be pursuing the matter further. I would like to stress that my appeal never involved a merits review of any of the athletes involved, nor the selection committee’s decision. It instead went to matters concerning the selection process, however the Tribunal was satisfied that there was no legal error to be found in the evidence before it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words and support. It has been a difficult time and one I am glad to have resolved. To that end, I would like to again apologise to those affected by my appeal and to thank the other athletes for their discretion in the matter. My appeal was never a criticism of their abilities and I sincerely wish them all the best for their preparations and performances in London.
Thank you again to everyone for your interest and support. I will have more to say in the coming days!