Monday 22 October 2018

Leon Reid cleared to run for Ireland at the European Championships

Leon Reid
Leon Reid
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Leon Reid will run for Ireland at next week's European Athletics Championships in Berlin after the IAAF granted his international transfer.

Bath-born Reid has been attempting to secure a transfer from Great Britain to Ireland for more than two years.

Reid won gold in both the 100m and 200m at last week's National Championships in Santry.

Reid's late mother was born in Belfast which opened the possibility of him switching to Ireland even though he represented Britain at youth level.

A statement from Athletics Ireland said the international governing body's nationality review panel had "confirmed that Leon Reid is eligible to represent Ireland with immediate effect".

The athlete's late biological mother was from Belfast although a difficult upbringing meant the Bath native spent most of his childhood in foster care before he was adopted by a County Wexford-born woman.

The sprinter has maintained close contact with his Belfast-based relatives in addition to making regular trips to Wexford to visit his adopted family.

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