Published Wednesday 16 July 2014

New Zealand judoka Patti Grogan has been forced to withdraw from the team for the Commonwealth Games starting next week.

The 24 year old, from Gisborne but now based in Auckland, has suffered a health issue which has sidelined her in final preparations in the Netherlands.

She has been unable to train fully for the last two weeks and will be out of action for at least a further week.

After close consultation with medical staff, Grogan has decided that she would not be fit enough to compete in Glasgow.

Chef de Mission Rob Waddell said it is extremely disappointing for Grogan, who had focussed the last 18 months specifically to qualify and compete in what would have been her first Commonwealth Games.

She is ranked second in the Commonwealth in the 52kg weight division and was the 2013 Oceania champion.

The remaining 10-strong New Zealand judo team begin competition on the first day of Games on Thursday 24 July (local time).