Gymnast loses court bid to get to Commonwealth Games

26 March 2018 - 14:54 By David Isaacson
Shannon Gardiner stands outside the Pretoria High Court after the hearing of the case between Sascoc and the gymnast at the Pretoria High Court on March 15, 2018 in Pretoria.
Shannon Gardiner stands outside the Pretoria High Court after the hearing of the case between Sascoc and the gymnast at the Pretoria High Court on March 15, 2018 in Pretoria.
Image: Gallo Images / Wessel Oosthuizen


Rhythmic gymnast Shannon Gardiner on Monday lost her court bid to be included in the Commonwealth Games team‚ but vowed she was still determined to achieve her dream of making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Pretoria High Court judge Elizabeth Kubushi ruled in favour of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)‚ ruling the body had “exercised its discretion rationally” when it came to the team selection.

“I hold that the procedure followed by Sascoc was procedurally fair.”

Gardiner’s case fell down on the fact that she missed the 2017 world championships which carried weight for selection.

She had been unable to compete at one of the two trials because of injury‚ but the judge ruled that her argument on this basis had no merit.

“Fact is Ms Gardiner had not competed in a world championship by December 2017.

“What were required were her results‚ if any‚ in a world championship and she had none to show.

"Since she could not produce same‚ there was no way in which Sascoc could have considered her.”

A disappointed Gardiner said she was training hard for the African championships in Cairo‚ Egypt‚ late next month as she continues to keep her Olympic dream alive.

“Even though this is one of the most heart-breaking moments in my life‚ this is my passion.”

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