Friday 17 August 2018

Reid cleared to run for Ireland

Reid was raised in England but after falling out with British Athletics in 2016 he applied to change to Ireland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Reid was raised in England but after falling out with British Athletics in 2016 he applied to change to Ireland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

After a two-year wait to switch his allegiance from Britain, Leon Reid has been cleared to run for Ireland at next week's European Championships in Berlin, writes CATHAL DENNEHY.

The decision was made by the IAAF's Nationality Review Panel yesterday, after the governing body introduced new rules last week covering international transfers, outlining three criteria for switching allegiance, all of which Reid satisfied.

The sprinter was raised in England but after falling out with British Athletics in 2016 he applied to change to Ireland.

His biological mother was from Belfast, though Reid spent most of his childhood in foster care before being adopted by a Wexford-born woman.

The 24-year-old still lives and trains in Bath and will compete in both the 100m and 200m in Berlin.

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