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Tennis: Baltacha pulls out of Commonwealth Games over fears for her health

September 27, 2010

A heartbroken Elena Baltacha has taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games amidst fears over her health.  The British number one who has recently broken into the top 50, suffers from a rare liver condition that makes her susceptible to picking up infections and has decided the risks associated with travelling to India are too great.

Elena-BaltachaBaltacha was due to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games Tennis competition which starts on the 4th October at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium.  Speaking about her decision, Baltacha said, “At the age of 27 and after many years of hard work, I am now playing the tennis of my career and I cannot afford to jeopardize that by getting ill.”

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There has been much speculation recently over the state of the athlete’s village which has results in several atheletes pulling out of the competition.  Baltacha’s decision, however, is purely based on a pre-existing condition and she admits if she did not have the liver condition, primary sclerosing cholangitis, she would be travelling to Delhi.

Baltacha wished her team mates luck as they set off for the Games: “I will be cheering on Team Scotland with all my heart, in particular my fellow tennis players, Mhairi, Joss, Colin and Jamie.  I am very, very sad that I won’t get to play alongside them.”

Representing Scotland at the Commonwealths now will be Mhari Brown, Joss Rae, Colin Flemming and Jamie Murray.

Kirsty Page, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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