Ross told to get on with it
Josh Ross has been told to 'get on with the job' at the London Olympics
Australian Olympic chief Nick Green has told rebellious athlete Josh Ross to "get on with the job" after the sprinter threatened to pull out of the London Games.
The 31-year-old, who is part of the 4x100m relay team, is unhappy at not being selected for the individual 100m race despite clocking a qualifying-standard time and claimed he was willing to quit the Australian squad. But Green, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Chef de Mission, insists that he has heard nothing from Ross.
"There has been no official complaint logged to the AOC, I've only read what has been in the papers," he said.
"What I'll say is it is an honour to represent this country at the Games and if any athletes don't want to be part of it then we'll have that conversation.
"My suggestion is to get in the village and get your head down and run for this country.
"The selection policy has been in place for many years, if an athlete has a complaint with their selection they have the right of appeal and every athlete is given that opportunity. Josh had the opportunity to make an appeal but he didn't.
"It's time for the athletes to knuckle down and get on with the job. We are here to see this wonderful team full of exceptional athletes perform for their country."
Green also took the press at Wednesday morning's conference to task over a scathing article on the physical condition of Australian swimmer Leisel Jones.
"I think it's disgraceful to be honest," he added.
"I'm disappointed with article and it's extremely unfair on Leisel Jones. She is a triple Olympic gold medallist for this country, I think she deserves a lot more respect than she has been given."
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