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Hatton ends appeal over missing Olympics

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/04/2016
A file photo of Teneale Hatton © AP A file photo of Teneale Hatton

Canoe sprint racer Teneale Hatton has reached agreement with the sport's national body to end her appeal over missing out on the Rio Olympics.

Hatton wasn't nominated for the women's K4 crew for the Olympics in August and she also queried her non-selection as a K1 500m paddler for the 2016 World Cup regattas.

Canoe Racing NZ chief executive Mark Weatherall says the organisation met Hatton and other affected athletes this week in a mediation session led by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand.

He says the parties are satisfied that all matters have been resolved.

"We are now all moving ahead with the parties focused on what is best for Teneale and the sport," he said in a statement.

Hatton, 26, said she was obviously disappointed in not representing New Zealand at the upcoming events.

However, she was satisfied that the appeal process had achieved a positive outcome for everyone and wanted the focus to be on New Zealand's Olympic campaign.

"I now look forward to pursuing greater things in the future and I am motivated moving forward from this point," she said.

The statement said neither party would comment further on the matter.

Hatton's name was left out when the six-strong Olympic canoe racing team, headed by Olympic K1 200m champion Lisa Carrington, was named three weeks ago.

Hatton competed in the K1 500m at the London Olympics and won gold in the K1 1000m at the 2014 world championships.

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