Smith is expected to base his appeal around the fact that he was the largest contributor in terms of points towards Canada qualifying a Keirin spot for London 2012. As well he will likely highlight his track record at international competitions that includes multiple Keirin finals in Track World Cups as well as two Commonwealth Games medals.
The selection process was based on the recently held Olympic trials in Los Angeles, CA, where Ontario rider, Joe Veloce, outperformed Smith and as a result was awarded the spot. Veloce is also the current Canadian Keirin Champion.
Commonwealth Games Keirin champ, Josiah Ng of Malaysia, has vocally supported Smith, putting out a call to help fundraise to offset Smith’s legal costs.
Pedal will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.