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Binbin Zhu v Table Tennis New Zealand


Appeal against decision of a national sports organisation – athlete appealed against not being nominated in December 2005 by Table Tennis NZ (TTNZ) for one of five Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarships allocated to TTNZ – after considerable correspondence with TTNZ, athlete appealed to Tribunal in May 2006 – jurisdiction to hear appeal – whether Tribunal can hear appeal on any matter – Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear appeal on this matter if brought in time – however, appeal out of time – TTNZ constitution requires appeal to be made within 28 days of TTNZ decision and time limit expired in January 2006 – Tribunal could not extend time limit and therefore had no jurisdiction to hear matter – appeal dismissed.

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