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No appeal by Mills on exclusion

IRISH athlete Joanna Mills has decided against bringing a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after her highly controversial exclusion from the women's 4x400m relay team.

The 19-year-old had been contemplating making the appeal just three days before the start of the Games but decided otherwise.

The Ballymena and Antrim athlete was dropped from the team after the OCI's decision to reinstate Kilkenny's Catriona Cuddihy, who was originally in the team but was then dropped after Mills had successfully appealed to the AAI.

"If I was successful in my (CAS) appeal, I don't think I would now be comfortable going into the environment of competing in London," she said.

Neither athlete would be likely to run at the Games as they were both vying for the position of second reserve on the team.

Mills has fuelled speculation that she may switch allegiances and start running for Great Britain and Northern Ireland after the shoddy way the saga was dealt with by the AAI.

"I've got a lot of opportunities through Ireland, a lot of individuals in the set-up have been very good to me," she added.

"I can't in any way ignore that, but, at the same time, the whole way the high performance management and coaches dealt with this issue is disheartening and I will have to make a decision.

"But it's not one I'm going to make at the minute, in the middle of all this."

Irish chef de mission Sonia O'Sullivan last night admitted that the saga was regrettable.

"I think it was one of those things that we could have done without," she said.



Bhopal survivors in protest Games

Survivors of the deadly 1984 Bhopal gas leak were set to hold a 'Special Olympics' with children suffering birth defects as a result of the tragedy.

Today's event was intended to shame Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical Co. a day before the London Games begin.

The activists say Dow owes them compensation for the industrial disaster and have campaigned to have them dropped as a sponsor.

Dow says it has no liability because it only bought the company responsible for the plant after the cases had been settled. Bhopal activists say their protest games will include a crab race, a 25-metre sprint and "assisted walking."