Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans excluded from Commonwealth Games
Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has been excluded from appearing the Commonwealth Games after his accreditation was refused. The Home Office and Commonwealth Games officials on the accreditation decision board made the decision not to allow the Welsh welterweight a chance to attend the games and the 23-year-old from St Mellons was left behind as Team Wales’ boxing squad travelled to Glasgow earlier this week. The exact reasons for Evans’ absence aren’t known and the only word so far has come from a deliberately vague statement issued by Team Wales which gave no inclination of the causes of the catastrophe. Chef De Mission Brian Davies, who 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 over the last few weeks, 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. “Fred is a world class boxer and has handled this difficult situation in a very disciplined manner, continuing to work hard in the hope of a satisfactory resolution. “We thank him for his professionalism and wish him all the best for his future ambitions.” Earlier this year, Evans was forced to pay over £1,000 in costs and compensation after admitting his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham. It is not clear whether this conviction is the reason for Evans’ Commonwealth Games accreditation refusal but Welsh Boxing Performance Director James Thomas has previously said that the disciplinary panel of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) decided that no further action would be taken. This latest debacle is another episode of the turbulent time Evans has suffered since winning a silver medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012. In this period, Evans has suffered a stoppage defeat to Ukraine’s middleweight Dmytro Mytrofanov in the professionally styled World Series of Boxing and he has split from his long term club coaches Tony Borg and Billy Reynolds of St Joseph’s ABC in Newport. Evans also decided against defending his European gold medal as he was going to turn professional but he quickly aborted those plans after the tournament and continued as an amateur boxer, he then exited the World Championships at the quarter-final stages. In June, Evans was due to compete against Canada’s Custio Clayton, the opponent he narrowly beat in the Olympic quarter-final, but was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to injury.