Thursday, December 24, 2009

English athletes may withdraw from 2010 Games to prepare for 2012 London Olympics

The athletics and Gymnastics events of 2010 Commonwealth Games might loss sheen as a host of top English names have decided to skip the quadrennial sporting extravaganza to focus on the 2012 London Olympics.

Besides Olympics Heptathlon bronze medalist Kelly Sotherton and long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe, Jessica Ennis, Beth Tweddle, Dan Keatings and Louis Smith are some of names who have reportedly decided to give the Delhi Games a miss.

"For some of the 17 sports, Commonwealth Games gold is the pinnacle achievement in an athlete's career. But a host of top names from athletics and gymnastics have decided not to travel to next year's games in Delhi as London 2012 looms," The Telegraph reported.

Team England's chef de mission Craig Hunter, however, tried to allay the fear of mass withdrawals from the 2010 Commonwealth Games. .