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Top athletes pull out of Commonwealth Games
There was more embarrassment on Wednesday as three top English athletes, including world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games scheduled to start on October 3.

Besides Idowu, the other two athletes to pull out are Christine Ohuruogu and Lisa Dobriskey.

While Idowu has concerns over security preparations for the Games, Ohuruogu and Dobriskey both have injury worries.

Idowu is yet to officially confirm his withdrawal but he made his feelings known via Twitter, apologizing for his decision but explaining that he had to think of his children.

“My safety is more important to them than a medal,” he wrote in one tweet, before adding in another- “I understand people will be disappointed that I will not be competing. I am disappointed.

“If you know me as an athlete you will know these games mean a lot to me. It’s the championships in which I won my first medal.

“All the press today about bridges collapsing and 23+ people being hurt, floods and uninhabitable living conditions, getting my daughter ready for school this morning and seeing all of that put me off. I can’t afford to risk my safety in the slightest.”

Ohuruogu felt a cramp during a training session last weekend while Dobriskey has been advised rest and told to focus on winter training after an injury-hit season.

“With the 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon the last thing an athlete wants to do is risk re-injury to the same muscle,” Ohuruogu said in a statement.

“It was very important for me to be cautious in dealing with my previous injury; although training was progressing well, intense competition over three days may prove to be more harmful than good and may compromise the long term functioning of the muscle.

“With three rounds in the 400m in Delhi, I would need to be close to my best to win the gold. I would like to wish all my fellow athletes the best for Delhi and I hope they bring home a lot of medals,” she added.

Dobriskey said: “I was really looking forward to competing and I’d worked so hard to get back into shape. I’m really disappointed but I just ran out of time. I want to wish all the best to the athletes out in Delhi.”
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