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July 7 (Reuters) – New Zealand boxer David Nyika will not have the likelihood to fight for a 3rd straight Commonwealth Games gold medal just after pulling out of this year’s event in England with a hand personal injury, the country’s Olympic committee (NZOC) claimed on Thursday.
Tokyo Olympics heavyweight bronze medallist Nyika, 26, bruised bone marrow in his remaining hand immediately after modern bouts in Australia and faces a six-week recovery time period, ruling him out of the July 28-Aug. 8 Online games in Birmingham.
“I’m certainly gutted to be missing out on the Game titles,” Nykia stated. “I continue to have not entirely obtained my head all around it. It is generally an honour competing for New Zealand and I was truly seeking ahead to trying to clinch a 3rd gold in Birmingham.”
New Zealand middleweight champion Emile Richardson has been included to the crew and will contend in the 75kg classification, the NZOC added.
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Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad Modifying by Peter Rutherford
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