London 2012 Olympic Selection Decision Overturned

20 Jun 2012

Brendan McGurk acted on behalf of Team GB’s Winston Gordon in persuading the British Judo Association to overturn its decision (which it had upheld further to an appeal) to select another player ahead of Mr Gordon for London 2012. The case has obvious parallels with the Aaron Cook case, in particular since (i) Mr Gordon is also the British number one in his weight division and (ii) since the decision to reverse the original selection required the involvement of the British Olympic Association who, on further consideration of the selection criteria with the British Judo Association, accepted that the athlete who had previously been selected was ineligible under the International Judo Federation eligibility rules.

Mr Gordon has now been formally nominated by the BJA to the BOA, and is delighted to have the opportunity to compete in his home games.