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After Bolt, Hoy too gives CWG the cold shoulder.

THE 2010 Commonwealth Games, already shorn of some sheen by the expected absence of triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt, will also have to do without Scotland's champion cyclist Chris Hoy.

The four- time Olympic gold medallist also won top honours at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, but he is not falling for the temptation of a hat- trick.

The Delhi Games clash with the European championships ( November 5- 7) and since that event is a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics, Hoy has chosen not to appear at the October 3- 14 Games.

" Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy, has today confirmed to Commonwealth Games Scotland ( CGS) that he is no longer available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October," CGS said.

" It's a decision that's been forced on me by the nature of the qualification process for the London Olympics," the 34- year- old Hoy told Scotsman newspaper. " The Olympics has to take precedence over everything.

" I could turn up at the Commonwealth Games in October, but it would hamper my preparation for the European Championships. And I wouldn't be at 100 per cent," said Hoy.

" The standard at the Commonwealth Games is so high that 95 per cent wouldn't be good enough, and it would be disrespectful to the event and the Scottish team." Hoy won gold in the one- km time trial at Manchester in 2002 and in the team sprint in Melbourne in 2006.

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Date:Jul 17, 2010
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