Irish sprinter Leon Reid has been ruled out of this year’s Commonwealth Games following a drug abuse conviction

Irish sprinter Leon Reid, who allowed his home to be used to manufacture crack cocaine, has been banned from competing against Northern Ireland at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The 200m bronze medalist at the last Australian Games was denied entry to Birmingham 2022 almost five months after being handed a suspended sentence and has been forced to do 220 hours of unpaid work for his role in an illegal drug operation.

The 27-year-old had been called up to the Northern Ireland team for this summer’s games despite his conviction.

In a statement yesterday, Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland (CGNI) said it was “disappointed to confirm that athlete Leon Reid has been refused entry to the Birmingham 2022 Games following a security risk assessment”.

“Leon was selected by CGNI and competed in the 200m event before the June 29 deadline,” the statement added.

“He then received a notification from the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee that he was not allowed to attend.

“Commonwealth Games NI is currently seeking clarity on potential grievance mechanisms and the athlete has been offered wellbeing support.”

Reid, who was born in Bath and represented Britain before defecting to the Republic of Ireland in 2018, was selected by Athletics Ireland for last year’s Olympics while awaiting trial and reaching the 200 meters semifinals.

He was one of 18 men charged with drug and firearms offenses last year, all of which he denied. He was convicted of using his Bath flat to manufacture cocaine and receiving payments that amounted to £500 (€59) a month, according to SMS.

He was found not guilty of concealing criminal property and three firearms offenses involving all items confiscated from his home.

After winning his Commonwealth medal in 2018, Reid reached the 200m final at the European Championships later that year, his first appearance for Ireland.

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