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All four Olympic appeals turned down

By John Salvado 19/07/2004 07:53:41 PM Comments (0)

Reigning Australian 100m title-holder Josh Ross had been unable to fully enjoy being selected in his first Olympic team because of Patrick Johnson's ongoing appeal, his coach said.

Johnson (100m and 200m) was one of four athletes to learn that his appeal against non-selection in various events had been turned down by an Athletics Australia (AA) tribunal.

Johnson - who has been named in the Olympic 4x100m squad alongside Ross - immediately flagged his intention to continue his appeal to the final level at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

If successful he would replace Ross in the 100m as the latter has not bettered the A qualifying standard and therefore Australia can only have one representative in Athens.

Ross flies overseas in the next couple of days for the final stage of his Olympic preparation with the 100m imbroglio still unresolved.

The CAS hearing cannot take place before next week at the earliest, while the Athens Games start in 25 days.

"Josh has been selected for the Olympics and he hasn't been able to enjoy it 100 per cent because of all the uncertainty," his coach Tony Fairweather said.

"I can't really see the point of Patrick carrying on with the appeal.

"Josh was happy to hear that Patrick's appeal had been dismissed, now I find out it's happening again.

"But we're confident they're not going to change their decision."

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