Two Indian athletes pull out of Commonwealth Games

Glasgow: Indian contingent suffered a jolt on Tuesday with two athletes pulling out of the Commonwealth Games, starting here on Wednesday.

Sachin Roby, who was to take part in men`s 4x400m relay, has been suffering from Jaundice for the last few days and would no longer be able to participate in the event, while para-athlete Sachin Choudhary has returned home due to deteriorating condition of his ailing father.

Chef de Mission Raj Singh told the Indian media contingent that Roby will be sent home if he is permitted so by the team doctors.

"Roby was admitted to a local hospital here and he was diagnosed with jaundice. He was admitted to the hospital for four days," Raj Singh said.

"I have asked the team doctors if he can be sent back home in this condition. If the doctors say yes, then he will be sent home. Otherwise he will have to keep him here," he added.

Indian athletics team coach Bahadur Singh told PTI that Roby will be sent home after a few days when he is cleared by team doctor that he can travel.

"Roby spent three-four days at the hospital due to jaundice and it has been three days since he has been discharged. He cannot take part in the Commonwealth Games as he will need at least one month (to recover).

"He is recovering and once the team doctor says he can travel, he will be sent back home," he said.

"We came with six 4x400m relay runners. Now, we still have five members out of which four will run. There is no need for replacement," Bahadur Singh added.

Raj Singh also confirmed that Choudhary left for home last night after his ailing father`s health deteriorated.

Para-sports manager Shankar Iyer told PTI that Choudhary was a medal prospect and he might return here if his father`s condition improved.

"Sachin Choudhary is a medal prospect. He told me before leaving Glasgow that he will return for the competition if his father`s condition improves," he said.

Para-powerlifting events will be held on August 2.

Iyer said Choudhary was a late addition to the team, which put the total number of Indian athletes sent to Glasgow to 216.

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