sport news Richard Kilty suffered five figure financial hit after European snub

'That's cost me a couple of grand a month': Richard Kilty reveals he suffered five-figure financial hit after omission from the British team for the European Indoor Championships The two-time European 60m gold medalist was initially left out on February 17 This was after failing to meet the disproportionately high qualifying mark Glasgow 2019 organisers issued the world indoor champion a special invitation

By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline

Published: 20:42 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 20:50 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Richard Kilty has revealed he suffered a five-figure financial hit in the wake of his farcical omission from the British team at the European Indoor Championships - but believes he will seal a golden hat-trick in Glasgow on Saturday after his shock reprieve.

The two-time European 60m gold medallist was initially left out of the team on February 17 after failing to meet the disproportionately high qualifying mark set by British Athletics. 

However, in a move that rather undermined the home governing body, Glasgow 2019 organisers European Athletics took the unusual step three days later of issuing the 2014 world indoor champion a special invitation.

Richard Kilty has revealed he suffered a five-figure financial hit in the wake of his omission

Richard Kilty has revealed he suffered a five-figure financial hit in the wake of his omission

While that has made the 29-year-old's performance on Saturday the most fascinating sub-plot of the championships, the earlier snub cost him a significant sponsor.

He said: 'I don't want to legally get into it but it was a big financial contract. They wanted me and my wife (Dovile Dzindzaletaite, the Lithuanian triple jumper) to be part of Glasgow 2019 but I got an email saying they didn't want to work with me anymore and that I wasn't doing enough social media - which I was. That's cost me a couple of grand a month.' 

Kilty, with a season's best of 6.63sec, will start as

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