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Reid must wait a bit longer to be allowed to pull on Ireland vest

 

By Brian Hill

NI Commonwealth Games 200m bronze medallist Leon Reid must wait for another few days to see if he will be eligible to compete for Ireland in the Berlin European Championships in less than two weeks.

Reid has been involved in a lengthy campaign to transfer from GB to Ireland.

The IAAF last night endorsed a set of recommendations in Buenos Aires relating to the future transfer of athletes from one country to another.

The 24-year-old appears to meet the new requirements.

One of these is that an athlete must wait three years before transferring countries. Reid complies with this as he last represented GB in July 2015 when he gained a silver medal in the European U23 Championships.

The country to which the athlete wishes to transfer must offer full citizenship. Reid qualifies as he has an Irish passport - his mother was from Belfast.

IAAF President Lord Coe said that he is aware that a number of Area Championships will be taking place within the next couple of weeks, with one of these events the Europeans. Critically, Coe gave an undertaking that the cases would be dealt with as quickly as possible, that is before the Championships commence.

The closing date for teams to be submitted for the Europeans is next Monday, which is too early for Reid's case to be considered by the Review Panel.

However, the pragmatic way forward would be for European Athletics to accept a provisional entry from Ireland, with the final decision on his eligibility to compete in Berlin being taken before the Championships begin on August 7.

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