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LEGAL ACTION: Matt Karwalski.SQUASH player Zac Alexander has flown out of Glasgow after losing his place on the Australian team on the eve of the Commonwealth Games due to a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The 25-year-old was a member of the five-man men’s doubles squad in Scotland but was replaced at the last minute by Medowie’s Matthew Karwalski, who won a two-month legal battle for selection.
While Karwalski is on the way to Glasgow to take up his spot, Alexander left the athletes’ village before Wednesday night’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
“He left Scottish soil [on Wednesday],” Australian team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said.
“I certainly did [speak to him] and may I say if you talk about people and the way they conduct themselves, Zac Alexander has been exemplary in this process. An outstanding Australian.
“He was seriously so good. I was just amazed at the way he understood the process. I was just chatting to him about making sure that he realised that it was a decision that was made, it was no reflection on him. As a team we stood behind him, and at the end of the day he’ll learn from the experience. There was no difficulty in the delivery because he was so professional and so strong with it.”
Alexander, the seventh-ranked Australian, had been selected ahead of third-ranked Karwalski when the team for Glasgow was announced in May, triggering the 28-year-old’s appeal. Moneghetti believed there would be no awkwardness when Karwalski arrives in the athletes’ village to link up with the doubles squad.
“He comes into this village as an Australian Commonwealth Games team member,” he said.
“He’ll certainly be welcomed into the village.”