Olympics: Injury Forces Cyprus Ace From Beijing Games

NICOSIA : Cyprus Olympic medal hope Marcos Baghdatis has pulled out of Beijing because of a wrist injury, the Cyprus Tennis Federation said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately the news about Marcos is not good. He won’t just miss the Olympic Games but also the US Open,” federation coach Yiannos Hadjigeorgiou said in a statement.

“Certainly Marcos has been unlucky this year and now he is missing out on his big dream – the Olympic Games,” he added.

The 2006 Australian Open finalist was considered one of Cyprus’s best hopes for a first ever medal at the Olympics. The country is sending a 17-member delegation to Beijing.

Now the eastern Mediterranean island’s hopes are riding on skeet shooting world champion George Achilleos and high jump world championship bronze medallist Kyriacos Ioannou. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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