Patti Grogan pulls out for NZ team for Glasgow

UNFORTUNATE: Patti Grogan, who was due to compete in the under 52 kg division, throws her training partner Adel Van Der Welt.
UNFORTUNATE: Patti Grogan, who was due to compete in the under 52 kg division, throws her training partner Adel Van Der Welt.

Medal contender Patti Grogan has been forced out of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team because of health issues.

The judoka, who hails from Gisborne but is now based in Auckland, has been hit by problems that have affected her in final preparations in the Netherlands.

Grogan 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 decided she would not be fit enough to compete in Glasgow.

It's a massive blow for the 24-year-old who was due to contest her first Commonwealth Games and had dedicated the last 18 months to qualifying.

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 are in action on the first day of the Games on July 24.

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