De Grasse, Brown, Blake, LePage withdraw from Commonwealth Games following worlds


Sprinter Andre De Grasse and decathlete Pierce LePage are among the top Canadian track and field stars who have withdrawn from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

De Grasse ran the anchor leg as Canada won gold in the 4×100-metre relay at the recent world track and field championships.

Aaron Brown and Jerome Blake, who were also part of the relay team, have also withdrawn.

De Grasse, who had a bout with COVID-19 about a month back, failed to qualify for the men’s 100m final at the world championships before pulling out of the 200m event altogether.

Opting to compete in the relay days after those events ended, he anchored the Canadian team to gold in an upset over the Americans.

LePage, who had won silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, earned his first world championship medal with silver in the men’s decathlon.

The Commonwealth Games are set to take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.