Chris Hoy sprint podium 2008

Chris Hoy has been forced to withdraw from the World track championships in Poland due to the hip injury sustained in his spectacular crash in Copenhagen last month.

The GB medical team has advised the Scot to stop training to avoid further damaging his right hip and he will no longer travel to Pruszkow for the championships on March 25-29.

A statement from Hoy read: ?I'm hugely disappointed that I'm not going to be riding in the Worlds. I've been really lucky in my career so far and this is the first time I've had to miss a major championship event due to injury. I'm glad it didn't happen this time last year and I'm still totally focused on being in the best shape possible for London 2012. This doesn't affect my long term aim of defending my titles and I'll hopefully be back in training and competition in the near future. I wish the team the best of luck in Poland.?

Hoy?s 40mph crash in the keirin at the World Cup meeting in Copenhagen last month left the sprinter with severe swelling to his right hip that required draining.

But a return to light training following treatment sparked a further reaction to the injury, forcing the disappointed Scot to return to hospital and back off training once again.

The flick of the elbow from Frenchman Kevin Sireau that brought Hoy crashing heavily onto the boards also brought down Ross Edgar, but Edgar emerged relatively unscathed ? unlike the GB men?s bikes, which littered the inside of the finishing straight.

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Hoy will now take complete rest to allow the injury to heal.


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