Irish Olympian Leon Reid banned from Commonwealth Games after security risk assessment

Northern Irish sprinter Leon Reid has been refused entry to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham following a security risk assessment.

Eid received a suspended sentence in February after being found guilty of allowing his apartment to be used for the production of crack cocaine.

Reid, 27, won a bronze medal in the men’s 200 meters on the Gold Coast four years ago, and went on to represent Ireland at the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

He had been named in the Northern Ireland squad to compete in the same event in Birmingham.

In a statement, Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland said: “[We are] disappointed to confirm that track athlete Leon Reid has been refused entry to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games following a security risk assessment.

“Leon had been selected by CGNI and had been entered in the 200m event before the June 29 deadline. A notification was then received from the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee that he would not be permitted to participate.

“Commonwealth Games NI is currently seeking to clarify any potential appeal mechanism, and the athlete has been offered wellness support as they navigate this news.”

Birmingham 2022 officials have been contacted for comment.

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