26 Apr 2011

Latu ruled out of Silver Ferns squad for World Champs

11:43 am on 26 April 2011

The Northern Mystics and former Samoa goal shoot Cathrine Latu won't be playing for New Zealand at the world netball championships in Singapore in July.

Latu was last week named in the Silver Ferns squad for the tournament, despite being ruled ineligible by the sport's international governing body IFNA, as she'd played for Samoa at the previous tournament in 2007.

Netball New Zealand applied to the have the case ruled on by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

However Netball New Zealand chief executive Raelene Castle says CAS has told them it's now too late for them to rule on the matter and Netball NZ should have come to them when IFNA made its initial ruling in November 2009.

However Castle says taking the matter to court at that time wasn't appropriate as Netball New Zealand still believed the issue could still be resolved directly with IFNA.

She says only in December last year did IFNA finally rule against Latu playing and it's that decision they asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on.

Castle says they now have no further course of appeal.

A replacement for Latu will be named in a couple of weeks.