Olympic sprinter Leon Reid banned from Commonwealth Games for his part in crack cocaine drug operation at his flat


OLYMPIC sprinter Leon Reid has been BANNED from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after a security risk assessment.

Leon Reid was given a suspended sentence in February after being found guilty of allowing his flat to be used for the production of crack cocaine.

The 27-year-old won a bronze medal in the men’s 200 metres on the Gold Coast four years ago, and subsequently represented Ireland at the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

He had been named in the Northern Ireland team 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 denied entry to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games following a security risk assessment.

“Leon had been selected by CGNI and had been entered into the 200m event prior to the 29th of June deadline.

“Notification was subsequently received from the Birmingham 2022 organising committee that he would not be allowed to participate.

“Commonwealth Games NI is currently seeking clarity on any potential appeal mechanism, and the athlete has been offered well-being support as he deals with this news.”

Birmingham 2022 officials were contacted for comment.

Reid denied eight charges relating to drugs and firearms offences.

He appeared via video link along with another 17 defendants in June last year.

Leon Reid was eventually found guilty of allowing his flat in Bristol to be used to produce cocaine.

He was also found to have made £500-a-month for his part in the drugs operation.

The athlete was handed a suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Longman released Reid on bail, along with 14 of the other defendants. Three of those charged in relation to the case were remanded into custody.

In a statement issued after Reid was charged, Athletics Ireland said: “Athletics Ireland has been notified today that an Irish international athlete, Leon Reid, has been charged with a criminal offence outside the jurisdiction of Ireland.

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