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New Zealand road cyclist Greg Henderson has pulled out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, citing health and security fears.


Melbourne, Sep 24: New Zealand road cyclist Greg Henderson has pulled out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, citing health and security fears.

Henderson, who won a gold medal in the points race at 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, is the first selected New Zealand athlete to withdraw from the October 3-14 Games.

The 33-year-old said that he took his decision after consulting with his wife Katie Mactier, a former Australian track cyclist.

"It's about my family, it's not just about Greg Henderson any more, I've got to think about my wife and little girl Charlie and they don't want me going to the Commonwealth Games," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Henderson, as saying.

"There are just too many risks and in this situation the cons outweigh the pros. Who knows exactly what's gone on there,"

"Realistically it's probably going to be OK and the Games will go on, but where I am in my career, at the moment the negatives outweigh the pros," he added.

Henderson is currently in Melbourne, where he will be competing in the Road Cycling World Championships next week.

Four of his teammates on the ProTour team Team Sky - Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift - have already withdrawn from the Games.

Team Sky principal David Brailsford denied that the riders had been instructed to pull out, and said that that the decision had been left to the individuals.

"Given the situation they have found themselves in with the Commonwealth Games, nobody would blame the athletes for staying away, but there is no instruction from Team Sky on this issue," Brailsford said.

ANI

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