Doug Kempsell ‘livid’ as Scots appeal is squashed

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Doug Kempsell says he is “livid” after his appeal against his omission from the Scotland squad for next month’s World Team Squash Championship was rejected.

Edinburgh’s world No.100 presented his case to the Scottish Squash board at their South Gyle offices on Thursday, but they opted to uphold the original selection of Scotland’s top two, Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban, plus Kevin Moran (ranked 304) and Rory Stewart (no ranking) after Moran and Stewart beat Kempsell at the selection trials a fortnight ago.

Until the relevant section was recently removed, Scottish Squash’s website stated that players in the world’s top 100 would be automatically selected and no cut-off date was stipulated.

Despite breaking into the top 100 at the start of November, Kempsell said: “I didn’t make it early enough apparently. They don’t seem to back their own selection criteria and it seems they have brushed over what I said to them on Thursday.

“I’m livid right now. I obviously disagree with their decision and my associates (including an Edinburgh sports lawyer) do too.”