To be the best you have to beat the best, but former Razorback track & field star Dominique Scott isn’t getting that opportunity after posting the best time in South Africa in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meter for the IAAF World Championships, simply because her time didn’t meet the standards for South Africa, which are higher than the IAAF. South Africa is one of the only countries in the world to have those higher standards.
“I really had a little bit of disbelief at first,” said Scott. “I thought, you know, this can’t be true.”
Unfortunately for Scott, itt was true. Representing her home country wouldn’t be happening in 2017, but she was determined to find a way.
“I knew that I could still go through the appeals process,” Scott told the Pig Trail Nation. “So I still thought after 48 hours after the appeals process, surely they’ll put me on the team.”
However, her appeal was denied.. So Scott will have to watch as 26 other countries combined will be represented in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters.
“Unfortunately life isn’t always fair, and life isn’t always a guarantee,” said Scott. “But that doesn’t mean that you can throw in the towel, I think there is always a reasoning behind everything. And I’m still not exactly sure of the reasoning behind me not being included in the South African team, but I’m just trying to, you know, see the positives in it and know that there’s a greater bigger reason behind this.”