Cycling: Hoy forced to miss Commonwealth Games

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The Independent Online

Quadruple Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has withdrawn from this year's Commonwealth Games because of a clash with the European championships, which carry Olympic qualification points, organisers confirmed yesterday.

"Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy, has today confirmed to Commonwealth Games Scotland [CGS] that he is no longer available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October," CGS announced.

"A late clash of events with the new European Championships means that he is now required by British Cycling to compete as part of the Great Britain Sprint Team, in order to qualify for the Olympic Games in London 2012."

However, the new European championships do not yet have a confirmed date or venue.