September 22, 2010 / 1:04 PM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Commonwealth Games pullouts

(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.

USAIN BOLT:

The Jamaican triple Olympic champion sprinter pulled out because the event is taking place too late in the year.

SHELLY-ANN FRASER:

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.

DAVID RUDISHA:

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.

SAMANTHA STOSUR:

The Australian tennis player is skipping the Commonwealth Games because it coincides with tour events.

ASBEL KIPROP:

Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion has suffered an Achilles injury, Kenyan officials said.

DANI SAMUELS:

Australia’s discus world champion has pulled out due to security and health concerns.

CHRISTINE OHURUOGU:

The Olympic 400 meters gold medalist from England suffered cramps and said she did not want to aggravate the injury.

PHILLIPS IDOWU:

England’s world triple jump champion has security concerns.

CHRIS HOY:

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.

STEPHANIE RICE:

The Australian triple Olympic gold medalist swimmer is skipping the Commonwealth Games to undergo shoulder surgery.

Compiled by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by Sonia Oxley

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