(Reuters) – New Zealand boxer David Nyika is not going to have the prospect to struggle for a 3rd straight Commonwealth Games gold medal after pulling out of this 12 months’s occasion in England with a hand injury, the nation’s Olympic committee (NZOC) stated on Thursday.
Tokyo Olympics heavyweight bronze medallist Nyika, 26, bruised bone marrow in his left hand after latest bouts in Australia and faces a six-week restoration interval, ruling him out of the July 28-Aug. 8 Games in Birmingham.
“I’m completely gutted to be lacking out on the Games,” Nykia stated. “I nonetheless have not absolutely acquired my head round it. It is at all times an honour competing for New Zealand and I used to be actually wanting ahead to attempting to clinch a 3rd gold in Birmingham.”
New Zealand middleweight champion Emile Richardson has been added to the crew and can compete within the 75kg class, the NZOC added.
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Peter Rutherford)