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De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM
De Grasse

Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. While it is said that his 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100 per cent healthy, he is not yet where he wants to be from a fitness standpoint.

"To me, the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talent to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best, and for that reason, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season," said De Grasse.

De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets, and eventually, the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto.

"As disappointed as I am about not being able to line up in Australia, I know this is the right decision. I plan to be back on top of the world this outdoor season, and these next six weeks of training are essential to set me up for success this summer."