Joanna Mills who had been excluded appealed this decision and a few days later, Athletics Ireland replaced Catriona Cuddihy with Joanne Mills. Athletics Ireland then made the following statement..."The appeal committee made the decision to withdraw the nomination of Catriona Cuddihy to the OCI and nominate Joanne Mills in her place.". The Athletics Ireland president Ciaran O'Cathain said.... "Catriona can now appeal the decision to the Olympic Council of Ireland and Athletics Ireland will make no further comment on this decision,".
Catriona Cuddihy then appealed that decision to the Olympic Council of Ireland and their spokesman said.........“The athlete’s legal counsel has been in touch but without full clarification from Athletics Ireland on what exactly went on we can’t proceed with any appeal, if only because the OCI may not even have a role to play here. What we need first is for them to explain the exact procedure, and method, behind the selection of the original relay team, and why this was then overturned on appeal. Because we can’t do anything until we have that full explanation. We don’t know if they’ve broken any of their own internal rules, or if there is any legal issue here, or what exactly the due process here is. So at this stage we can’t even say if we’ll be getting involved at all.”
It's fair to say that the whole thing is now a mess. Whatever happens, the deadline for the submission of Irish entries is Friday, the 13th of July.
Just for some background to this story....
Catriona Cuddihy......personal best for 400m is 55.83 which was set last March.
Joanna Mills......personal best for 400m is 53.89 which was set in July 2011. Just this morning (Wed 11th July 2012), she ran a seasons best time of 54.17 in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
Update...Fri 13th July @8pm......THE Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) have decided that they will hear Caitriona Cuddihy's appeal against her deselection for London early next week. The OCI were expected to make a statement on the matter today, but it appears that they have received all the information they requested from Athletics Ireland (AAI) and are now ready to hear the case. The OCI said initially they could not hear an appeal until they were satisfied that Athletics Ireland had correctly followed all of their own internal procedures.