JUDO; Kingston thrown out
Friday 14 May 1999
Announcing the team, Udo Quellmalz, the new Performance Director in charge of the British squad, said that both Kingston and another former European champion, the middleweight Ryan Birch, had forfeited their places after a scene at the national training session in Cardiff last week when both were told to leave. They had returned late one night and refused to let officials into their room to discuss the matter. Birch's place has been taken by the 20-year-old Londoner Winston Gordon, but no one is replacing Kingston.
Quellmalz, who has supported Kingston despite his involvement in a number of controversies, admitted: "I cannot go on saying how talented he is... only if he changes his attitudes will he win the big medals." Neither Kingston nor Birch were available for comment.
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