Commonwealth Games

'SA athletes can't pull out'

2010-09-28 14:10
Tubby Reddy (File)
Cape Town - South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) CEO Tubby Reddy says no South African athlete chosen for the Commonwealth Games will be allowed to pull out of the trip to India, the SABC reports.

With less than five days to go before the games start, many international athletes have pulled out of the games, citing Delhi's readiness, their personal safety and some even faking injuries all in an effort to miss the trip to Delhi.

Reddy says local athletes who claim injury will have to be tested by SASCOC doctors before they are pulled off the flights to India.

This follows the withdrawal of Commonwealth Games 800m Gold medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi who is apparently out with a hamstring injury, Olympic long-jump silver medalist Khotso Mokoena who is said to be carrying an ankle injury - as well as woman's 800m world champion Caster Semenya who is said to also miss the games because of a back injury.

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