(Reuters) - The Delhi Commonwealth Games have been hit by a series of pullouts by high-profile athletes, taking much of the shine off next month’s multi-sport gathering which is already besieged by a raft of other problems.
Following is a list of the biggest-name athletes who will miss the October 3-14 Games for reasons ranging from injury to security.
The Jamaican triple Olympic champion sprinter pulled out because the event is taking place too late in the year.
Like Bolt, the Olympic 100 meters champion also had problems with the timing of the Delhi Games. She subsequently tested positive for a prohibited substance that earned her a provisional ban.
The Kenyan 800 meters world record holder said he was tired and felt competing in Delhi would affects his performance in next year’s world championships in South Korea.
The Australian tennis player is skipping the Commonwealth Games because it coincides with tour events.
Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion has suffered an Achilles injury, Kenyan officials said.
Australia’s discus world champion has pulled out due to security and health concerns.
The Olympic 400 meters gold medalist from England suffered cramps and said she did not want to aggravate the injury.
England’s world triple jump champion has security concerns.
The quadruple Olympic gold medalist cyclist pulled out because the Games clash with the European championships, which carry qualification points for the 2012 London Olympics.
The Australian triple Olympic gold medalist swimmer is skipping the Commonwealth Games to undergo shoulder surgery.
Compiled by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by Sonia Oxley