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Peter Craven and Simon Wallace v Table Tennis New Zealand


Appeals against decisions of a national sports organisation – academic scholarships – jurisdiction – whether “sports related” – two athletes appealed against not being nominated by Table Tennis NZ (TTNZ) for Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarships – Zhu decision (SDT 15/06) considered – Zhu decided on a different point – under Tribunal’s Rules the jurisdiction of Tribunal to hear such appeals is limited to “sports related matters” – decisions by TTNZ not to nominate these athletes were part of a process related to awarding of grants to athletes for academic purposes – Tribunal held that the decisions in these particular cases were not sufficiently “sports related” to fall within Tribunal’s jurisdiction – therefore Tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear appeals – Tribunal noted that from 1 July 2007 it will be constituted under the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006 and its jurisdiction to hear appeals will not necessarily be limited to sports related matters as at present.

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