Chris Hoy forced to pull out of Commonwealth Games

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Four-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy will not be wearing Scottish colours at the Commonwealth Games. The Scottish cyclist has been forced to withdraw from the games that are to be held in Delhi this October.

A potential clash of events on the cycling calendar has forced Hoy to prioritise the European Championships, which carries qualification points for the London Olympics in 2012.  Although the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has still to announce the exact dates, Sir Chris Hoy's decision to clear his calendar is an indication that the European Championships and Olympic qualification are his primary focus.

Hoy's absence will be a significant blow to the Scottish team. As well as being a prime medal contender, Hoy has been commended for his inspirational role within the squad. The Scottish team will be losing their leading man and Hoy will have to forgo his one chance in the racing calendar to pull on a Scottish jersey.

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