Two archers -- Kevin Tataryn and Dietmar Trillus -- have become the first Canadian athletes to pull out of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, citing health and safety concerns.
Manitoba's Tataryn and Dietmar withdrew from the international competition yesterday morning due to conditions at Athletes’ village, said Scott Ogilvie, Archery Canada’s executive director.
Ogilvie said their decision was personal and independent and was "unfortunate" since the rest of the 10-member team is still expected to depart on Tuesday.
"I’ll take my safety over a medal any day," Tataryn, a 25-year-old said.
“When other athletes are deciding not to go as well, it kind of hit home a bit more that you are not the only one thinking it’s not the best place to be going.”
The archers are the first two Canadians to withdraw from the Games, following the path earlier taken by the likes of triple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Wales’s Geraint Thomas is the latest leading British cyclist to confirm his withdrawal from the Games on health grounds.