MY COMMENT: Shooting Aus decision is way off mark
THE decision by Shooting Australia to ban Michael Diamond from the Rio Olympics reflects just how out of touch some of our sporting groups are.
Diamond is one of our most successful Olympians and his dedication to shooting over many years demanded his latest indiscretion be regarded as simply that.
The 44-year-old was allegedly involved in a domestic incident with his brother at Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle before being stopped by officers on the road.
Police said when they searched his car they allegedly found a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition and as a result charged him with drink driving, not keeping a firearm safe and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
Diamond is still to face court on this issue, but he's already been found guilty by the people who should be his best friends.
The trap shooting veteran was in line to attend his seventh Olympics when Shooting Australia declared he won't be selected because he had brought their sport into disrepute.
They must have very short memories because many in Australia would never have even heard of trap shooting or cared about the sport if it wasn't for Michael Diamond.
Why is it that so many sporting groups in this country are run by people who are just filled with their own self importance?