Australian shooting champ charged over drink-driving, firearms


Australia’s dual Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has been charged with drink-driving and firearms offenses, jeopardizing his chances of a seventh games in Rio this year, reports said Monday.

The 44-year-old, a trap shooting gold medalist at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, was arrested following an alleged domestic incident with a relative at Nelson Bay, north of Sydney, on Saturday.

“The man was arrested after refusing to undergo a roadside breath test,” police said in a statement, adding that a search of his car allegedly found a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition.

The man was widely named as Diamond, including by the Sydney Daily Telegraph on its front page.

“I’ve been told not to say anything,” Diamond told the newspaper.

He was charged with high range drink-driving, not keeping a firearm safe and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

The man was bailed to appear in court next month and his firearms and driving licences were suspended.

Diamond is aiming to compete at his seventh consecutive Olympic Games in Brazil.

The Australian Olympic Committee is yet to announce the country’s two entries in the men’s trap team, and said Diamond’s selection hopes were up to the discretion of Shooting Australia.

“Any of the athletes nominated by their national federation must be in good standing with that federation, and must not have brought themselves or their sport or the Olympic movement into disrepute,” AOC chef de mission Kitty Chiller told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“(It’s) totally in Shooting Australia’s court. They need to make that decision before nominating their team to us.”

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