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Fred Evans is unable to compete in Commonwealth Games

By Mark Staniforth

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has been forced out of the Commonwealth Games after having his accreditation refused. The Welsh welterweight didn't travel with his team-mates to Glasgow on Tuesday after being informed he had been denied the chance to compete based on checks completed by the Home Office and Commonwealth Games officials.

In a statement, Wales chef de mission Brian Davies said: "Team Wales can confirm that boxer Fred Evans has had his accreditation refused by Glasgow 2014 based on checks completed by the Home Office and the Commonwealth Games accreditation decision board.

"Sadly, he is therefore unable to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

"We have engaged in rigorous and thorough communications with all relevant bodies, including putting forward two mitigation plans, unfortunately all of which have been unsuccessful.

"The key Welsh and British sporting agencies have been supportive in our attempts to get Fred to the Games and we are bitterly disappointed at the outcome."

In April Evans admitted his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham, for which he was ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines and costs, but it was not immediately clear if this was the reason for the accreditation refusal.

Welsh boxing performance director James Thomas said: "Obviously we were aware of his conviction earlier this year and we certainly don't condone that kind of behaviour, but sport is a fantastic vehicle for rehabilitation and we hoped Fred would have been able to continue to box and improve his lifestyle through the sport."

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