Matildas’ hopes of a London Olympic reprieve have been dashed after Australia’s calls to have North Korea banned from the tournament over a doping row fell on deaf ears.

The women soccer team of Australia narrowly missed a 2012 Olympic berth after finishing third at the Asian qualifying tournament in September behind Japan and North Korea.

“WADA has carefully considered the award relating to all the sanctions handed out by FIFA to the North Korea women’s team,” a WADA statement said.

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