CWG: Terror, dengue forces Oz athlete to pull out

Written by: Samyuktha
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Delhi CWG 2010
Sydney, Sep 21: In yet another star pull out, Australia"s ace discus thrower Dani Samuels withdrew from the Commonwealth Games 2010 citing health and security concerns.

Samuels' is the first athlete to pull out of the pulling out of the Delhi Games citing security concerns following the Sep 19 firing near the Jama Masjid, in which two Taiwanese were injured.

Besides the firing, which was followed by a issue of terror threat to the CWG 2010, the Dengue outbreak in the national capital has also reportedly prompted Samuels to opt out of the Games.

“Dani is extremely distressed about it all," Samuels" manager Hayden Knowles was quoted as saying by The Australian Associated Press.

“The situation in Delhi has been bothering her for some time. But the events over the weekend made it real. She had prepared her whole season around winning this thing, she even knocked back some Diamond League meets because it affected her training," he said.

“Her decision to pull out was a shock to us, but in a way it wasn"t that much of a shock because we knew something was wrong. She was hiding it and then it all got too much for her," the coach added.

The Australian clinched the gold medal at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009.

This pull out not only adds to the long list of star pull outs that the CWG has suffered, but also comes in a time when the organisers are facing flak in the international sphere for Delhi's lack of preparedness.

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