Unticked box leaves English cyclist Melissa Lowther unable to race

10 April 2018 05:57
Administrative error comes despite ‘seven or eight’ layers of checksTeam England offers apology to ‘gutted’ riderEnglish cyclist Melissa Lowther has been training all season for the time trial at the Commonwealth Games and travelled more than 24 hours to be on the Gold Coast. But she was denied her place on the start line after a Team England official failed to tick a box on her entry form.The extraordinary administrative error was not spotted until it was too late, despite “seven or eight” layers of checks where the mistake could have been identified. Despite the Commonwealth Games reputation as the “friendly games” the organisers refused to bend the rules to allow her to race. The 21-year-old was informed of the mistake the day before she was due to compete and it is understood she was devastated and her family, who were hoping to watch her on the TV from their home in Wakefield, are furious. Related: Cameron Meyer makes up for track disappointment with time trial gold Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian