Canada, Oz in stayaway

NEW DELHI - Teams from Australia and Canada are staying away from the Commonwealth Boxing Championships that began in the Indian capital yesterday.

NEW DELHI - Teams from Australia and Canada are staying away from the Commonwealth Boxing Championships that began in the Indian capital yesterday.

PK Muralidharan Raja, secretary of the Indian Boxing Federation, said that Australia informed them of its withdrawal, but Canada sent no communication.

"Australia said the Commonwealth championship did not fit into the training and competition programme of its boxers, while Canada said nothing at all," Raja said.

The championship is an official test event for the Commonwealth Games, scheduled for October 3-14 in New Delhi. The event was originally scheduled to be held last year, but was deferred because the venue was among the many Commonwealth Games facilities not ready on deadline.

The delays have provoked criticism from the Commonwealth Games Federation and caused embarrassment for local organisers, who have promised to get most venues ready by the end of this month. - Sapa-AP

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