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UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes that the withdrawal of many top stars from the Delhi Commonwealth Games could undermine the winning momentum that his team had achieved at the European Championships in Barcelona.


New Delhi, Oct 2: UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes that the withdrawal of many top stars from the Delhi Commonwealth Games could undermine the winning momentum that his team had achieved at the European Championships in Barcelona.

Britain's athletes won a record 19 medals in Spain, including six gold medals.

Among the British athletes who have withdrawn from the October 3-14 Games are world champions Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu, double European champion Mo Farah and world medallists Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows.

"The other countries in the Commonwealth Games are peaking for this moment - Australia, Kenya, Jamaica, Canada. For all these countries, this is the highlight of the year. They are coming out with the complete team and they are armed and prepared," The Telegraph quoted Commenee, as saying.

"For us, it's the dessert after dinner. The fact we have a lot of athletes not going will tell you that expectations have to be realistic. So, yes it comes with the concern that the momentum in the sport, the perception, will be harmed," he added.

Commenee is further hoping that the Games would live up to its tradition and produce a star of the future.

"I'm very interested to see what athletes like Andrew Osagie, Brett Morse and Lawrence Clarke will do. I want to see someone like Dave Hughes in the 400metres hurdles. If he can make a final, that would make me really happy," Commenee said.

"If Andrew Osagie can show the same promise that he did in Doha this year, that would also make me happy. They are not results to make headlines, but as an expert, I can fly home with a smile," he added.

ANI

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