World jnr champ pulls out of Eu­ros

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang teenager and ju­nior judo world cham­pion Neil MacDon­ald has pulled out of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships due to take place to­mor­row, Thurs­day.

The 19-year-old from Half­way was se­lected for the com­pe­ti­tion in War­saw, Poland, and was set to make his de­but on the first day of ac­tion.

The Re­former can re­veal Neil, who is the ju­nior ju­doka world and Bri­tish No.1 at the -60kg weight cat­e­gory, has had to with­draw from the com­pe­ti­tion due to a ‘per­sonal mat­ter’.

He had spo­ken about his high hopes for the com­pe­ti­tion,say­ing the pres­sure would have been off due to the fact he was still classed as a ju­nior com­peti­tor ap­pear­ing in se­nior fights .

Neil is a for­mer Ud­dingston Gram­mar pupil who left school three years ago to achieve his dream of tak­ing up judo full-time.

The teenager trains at the Bri­tish Judo Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Walsall and won sil­ver at the 2016 Ju­nior Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Malaga since mov­ing from his home in Half­way where his par­ents still live.

Out Teenager Neil MacDon­ald

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