N.L. rugby player barred from playing in world games due to clerical error
|CTVnews 19 Jun 2019 at 12:02|
A Newfoundland rugby player wont be joining his teammates in Italy for the World University Games next month, because of a clerical mistake.
In May, Tony Pomroy was selected for a coveted position on Canadas rugby 7s squad for the 2019 Summer Universiade (FISU) or World University Games in Naples, Italy in the beginning of July.
It was a really big event four years ago, he told NTV on Tuesday. There was like 13,000 athletes there so it was a pretty big event. It would have been awesome to go to
The 24-year-old Memorial University student said he received an acceptance email and replied to confirm his place on the team. When he didnt hear back from Rugby Canada, Pomroy sent several multiple follow-up emails asking what other paperwork he need to fill out before the games.
The Conception Bay South resident said he didnt receive a response until last week, when Rugby Canada sent him a disappointing email.
[I] found out that I wasnt going, so that sucked, he recalled.
Pomroy said he was told by Rugby Canada that his confirmation email had been missed and it wasnt forwarded up the chain in the organization, which is why they gave his position to another player.
[Its] not my error and Im the one paying for it, Pomroy said.
The coach of the team and the president of Rugby Canada both apologized to Pomroy and attempted to find a way to add him to the team, but the deadline to submit his documents to the World University Games had already passed.
Rugby Canada could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.
Its a bitter pill to swallow for Pomroy who graduates from Memorial University in August, meaning hell be ineligible to play in the next World University Games.
My competitive career, kind of competitive for this type of stuff, is probably coming to an end soon and that was probably my last chance of doing something I think is really cool, he said.