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Amy Foster aiming for final after late call-up to Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games squad

Amy Foster has been called into the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games squad to replace deselected boxer Conor Wallace.

The runner competed in both the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and will get her chance to compete in the 100m and 200m races in Australia's Gold Coast next month.

Foster had been controversially omitted from the original panel and reacted by breaking the Irish indoor 60m record with a time of 7.27 seconds.

Now Wallace's deselection, the details of which the NI Commonwealth Games Council said they were 'not at liberty to discuss', has been given Foster a chance to compete.

"I was disappointed with the original selection but for me now it is all about looking forward," she told the BBC. "I have run well recently indoors and I feel in a really good place.

"I had accepted it wasn't happening and moved on and I focused on getting to the World Indoors, but it is now nice to change my focus to going to the Commonwealth Games and any feelings I had are now in the past.

"For me these Games were always very important. I always believed I could get to a final and hope I can put enough preparations in over the next few weeks to push towards that."

Originally, Foster had missed out on selection despite meeting the Games qualification standard, which was also made by fellow athlete Kerry O'Flaherty. It's the first time qualified athletes have not been selected to represent Northern Ireland for the Games.

Northern Ireland will be represented by an 88-strong squad of athletes.

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