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Cavendish out of the Commonwealth Games

Credit: PA

Mark Cavendish, the 30-times Tour de France stage winner, has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games following a crash at Milan-San Remo last weekend.

The 32-year-old was due to represent the Isle of Man on the Gold Coast, but after sustaining a broken rib and damaged ankle has adjusted his race schedule and will no longer be travelling to Australia.

Cavendish said: "Although it's ultimately positive news that there's been no serious damage sustained following the crash I am hugely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games."

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Rutherford won't defend long jump title on Gold Coast

Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at this year's Commonwealth Games due to what he perceives to be a lack of preparation. Credit: PA

Greg Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at this year's Commonwealth Games due to what he perceives to be a lack of preparation.

Rutherford clinched gold at Glasgow four years ago but his decision to take some time away from athletics has left him feeling unable to sufficiently prepare to compete on Australia's Gold Coast.

He said: "Withdrawing from Team England is not a decision that's been easy for me to make. However, in previous years I've attended major championships without a good training block behind me and my performance has suffered as a result.

"I really would have loved to have been involved with the team. The Commonwealth Games have been brilliant over the years for me and my two medals from three Games have been highlights for me.

"I am planning on easing myself back into competition, possibly indoors, and then building to the summer season.

"I want to wish the team all the very best out in Australia."

Government backs Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

The government has backed Birmingham’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham is now one step closer to hosting the Commonwealth Games after the government officially backed its bid.

The deadline for other countries to submit their bid to host the 2022 games is on Saturday, and so far only Birmingham has put itself forward.

Even if no other city bids for the games, there will still be a period of due diligence where the Commonwealth Games Federation will check Birmingham’s bid is viable.

A formal decision isn’t expected until November.

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