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Stander's appeal denied

2012-06-28 10:36

Johannesburg - Cycling ace Cherise Stander's appeal to be included in the South African cycling team for the London Olympic Games has been denied.

This was confirmed by Cycling SA Africa (CSA) on Thursday.

"The appeal board has found that the selectors did indeed follow due process in terms of both the final selection criteria and the CSA selection policy, and has determined that the team selected was therefore within their mandate," CSA said.

Stander's attorney Peter Assenmacher claimed last week that CSA had deviated from communicated selection criteria after the multiple SA champion and Beijing Olympian was excluded from the three-rider women's road cycling team selected by CSA.

He said his client had considered approaching the high court "on an urgent basis".

The riders selected were Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, ranked 23rd in the world, Joanna van de Winkel (138th) and Robyn de Groot (323rd).

Stander, who is ranked 98th in the world, had maintained that she complied with the criteria, via merit exceeding that of two of the selected riders.

"Cycling SA has attained the international ranking of 13th, and as a result qualified three women cyclists, a significant improvement since Beijing 2008 where we qualified only one rider," CSA said on Thursday.

"This in itself is a remarkable achievement, and all credit goes to each and every athlete who contributed."

Unlike other team sports, CSA said a nation's overall ranking determined how many riders a country could send to the Games.

"In soccer and hockey, as long as a country qualifies, they get to send a full team, with reserves," the cycling body said.

"In cycling, and specifically road cycling, which is widely regarded as a team sport, the UCI qualification system restricts countries from sending complete teams, even though that country may achieve qualification.

"The only countries able to field a full team have to be ranked in the top five in the world."


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Comments
  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-06-28 13:22

    So why did she appeal in the first place, did she feel she is better than the other cyclists or was the team politically chosen?

      TravieGrif - 2012-06-28 15:25

      Are you seriously asking this question? She appealed because she is ranked 98th, and is the best time-trialist in Africa, as I understand, and two of those selected to go are ranked 138th and 323rd. It is insane that she is not selected. The whole theory of sending your best athletes does not apply in this country!

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-06-28 16:10

      Sorry, I had to ask, I don't know her cycling credentials at all

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-06-28 13:23

    Apart from the road race event, WTF do these selectors care about who is best to win the time trial event? None of the selected 3 riders come even close to Cherise. In SA cycling history we have never had a female elite rider as strong as Cherise at this very moment. Why don't they hold a time trial race and invite all SA top riders to see how good they are right now, and then base their decisions on actual facts? They probably will never do this, because they know that they will then have to admit that they have been wrong and corrupt by hiding behind incomprehensible self-made rules. Regarding the road race event the 2 support team riders are both veteran (over 30 years) and are in any case too weak to offer any support when things get hard - so they will just enjoy a nice Olympic ride far at the back once they have dropped off. These CSA selectors cannot justify their bureaucratic and politically motivated reasons - prove it by a real TT right now or be remembered as poor pathetic fraudsters who robbed SA of a potential medal!

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