Belfast Telegraph

Champion boxer Conor Wallace 'considering options' after Commonwealth games deselection

Solicitors for Champion boxer Conor Wallace said they are considering their options after he was dropped from the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The NI Commonwealth Games Council would only confirm it had taken the decision to deselected the Newry athlete for the April Games and his lawyers have been in contact with they both prior to and after the move.

In January Mr Wallace posted a video insisting he had not been arrested after footage emerged online of him being confronted as he made his way to a training session.

Solicitors acting on his behalf said they were working through their options to determine what, if any, action could be taken. It is feared time may have already passed in order to allow him to compete in the games.

They said they would prefer it to be worked out with the responsible sporting body rather than consider taking court action.

"He is devastated," said a representative of Fisher & Fisher solicitors in Newry.

The firm stressed Mr Wallace had not been arrested or questioned by police and "convinced" he would be exonerated in due course.

Police have said they are investigating a complaint against a 21-year-old in the Newry area "in relation to offences concerning child protection".

There have been no arrests.

The sprinter Amy Foster has been announced as Mr Wallace's replacement.

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