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Now, Rice will miss Games

The trend of stars bucking Commonwealth Games continues with Australia’s triple Olympic gold medallist swimmer Stephanie Rice deciding to stay away from the event.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2010 00:15 IST

The trend of stars bucking Commonwealth Games continues with Australia’s triple Olympic gold medallist swimmer Stephanie Rice deciding to stay away from the event. Rice has decided to skip the October 3-14 Games in New Delhi due to a shoulder surgery. Her decision comes a day after reports suggested that she’ll postpone surgery to be able to participate in the Games.

Rice, who is in California for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, said she could no longer bear the pain caused by inflammation on her right shoulder and will have to undergo a surgery in a fortnight.

“Obviously it's a big disappointment to me. I have to think about the bigger picture, and that's definitely London 2012,” the 22-year-old was quoted as saying in the Australian

media. Rice broke down while announcing her decision in California in front of the Australian television crew.

She is one of the high-profile athletes in the Australian contingent here courtesy gold medals in Beijing Olympics in the 200m and 400m individual medleys and in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

The decision on surgery was taken in consultation with coach Michael Bohl.

“As disappointing as it is, I think it's the right decision. It's going to be really hard to watch the team go away and watch everyone race,” Rice said.

Rice said the surgery would be a “clean-out” and not a reconstruction of her shoulder.

England name women's hockey squad

London: Hoping to better the bronze medal-winning performance fours years ago in Melbourne, England has named a 16-member women's hockey squad for the Games. England already has two Commonwealth Games silver medals (1998 and 2002) and won a bronze in 2006 since hockey's introduction in the Games.

Defenders Kate Walsh, captain four years ago, Helen Richardson, Chloe Rogers, Beth Storry and Alex Danson are the only survivors in the team from the bronze medal-winning side in Melbourne.

The squad: Ashleigh Ball, Charlotte Craddock, Christie Cullen, Alex Danson, Susie Gilbert, Hannah Macleod, Helen Richardson, Chloe Rogers, Natalie Seymour, Beth Storry, Georgina Twigg, Laura Unsworth, Kate Walsh, Sally Walton, Nicola White, Kerry Williams.

Semenya wants to race at CWG

Berlin: World 800m champion Caster Semenya admits she will be taking a step into the unknown as she looks to rebuild her career in the wake of her sex test ordeal. The 19-year-old won the World Championships at Berlin's Olympic Stadium a year ago in controversial style as she ran a personal best of one minute 55.45 seconds only for the sport's governing body to demand a sex test.

Semenya's agent, Jukka Haerkoenen, said the athlete's goal was to run in the Commonwealth Games adding that the teenager had been through a harrowing experience as she spent nearly a year wondering if she would ever race again.

'Bulletproof' Dani ready for Games

Melbourne: The "chaos and drama" around the Commonwealth Games does not make Australia's world champion discus thrower Dani Samuels jittery as she claims to have seen it elsewhere as well and considers herself tough enough to compete in even leaking stadiums.

"...no matter how the roads, tourist hotspots or garden beds look around Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium come October, my only concern is throwing well enough to win a Commonwealth Games gold inside it. It's what my entire training program has been geared towards these past 12 months," Samuel wrote in a column for 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"(It) doesn't mean I'm not up to speed on all of the dramas plaguing these 2010 Commonwealth Games. But put simply, I believe 100 per cent in the security measures we have protecting this team. Believe that, if the safety of every Australian athlete cannot be ensured come October, none of us will be going anywhere," she added.

Catering services for the venues

New Delhi: The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has finalised the contracts for the catering services. As reported by HT, the conracts went to Graviss Hopitality and Seven Seas. The catering for the lounge has been divided into eight clusters. Two clusters have been awarded to Graviss Hospitality for Rs. 5.94cr, while IRCTC has got the contract for Rs. 1.70cr for one cluster and remaining five were awarded to Seven Seas for Rs. 6.29 crore.

Food packets for Organising Committee workforce, volunteers and security personnel will be taken care of by AFP Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. at a cost of Rs. 8.75 crores.

To ensure high quality and hygiene, the OC has engaged TQS Global Manufacturing Systems and TUVSUD, South Asia for Food Safety and Audit as Rs. 88.24 lakh.

PIL filed in SC against CWG, Kalmadi

New Delhi : A PIL was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a CBI inquiry into alleged corruption in the management of the Commonwealth Games and removal of its OC chief Suresh Kalmadi.

Golfers unhappy with shoddy preparation

New Delhi: Disappointed with the controversy-ridden build-up to the Games, Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa said the shoddy preparation for the quadrennial sporting extravaganza is nothing short of a national “shame”.