Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Sprinter Andre De Grasse Withdraws from Commonwealth Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Sprinter Andre De Grasse Withdraws from Commonwealth Games

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De Grasse withdraws from Commonwealth Games

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Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The Canadian sprinter said in a statement that he plans to skip the Games "in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season," after recovering from a season-ending hamstring injury in 2017.

The 23-year-old De Grasse, from Markham, Ont., says that the injury is completely healed and he is 100 per cent healthy but added he's just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint.

"To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents 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," said De Grasse. …

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