Team Scotland is disappointed to confirm that Katie Archibald has been forced to withdraw from the cycling team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Having been plagued by bad luck throughout the first half of 2022, Archibald and the team around her have made the decision that she is not in a position to compete at the Games, and instead needs to focus on making a full recovery.
Naturally this is extremely disappointing for Katie and her team, as well as her fans, but rest assured this decision has not been taken lightly.
Of that decision, Katie said: “I took two weeks off in January this year while recovering from shoulder surgery. That was a scheduled break. However since then I’ve managed to fit in, unscheduled: a back fracture, covid, a concussion, a broken collarbone, another surgery, and (the final cherry on top) two sprained ankles and a big ballooned leg.
“I’ve tried my hardest to keep my head up – and certainly had enough support from British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, and Ceratizit–WNT Pro Cycling to do so – but I’m just not coping.
“So with a very heavy heart I’ve decided to withdraw from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. This isn’t a happy thing to share. Representing Scotland means so much to me, but that’s where I am.
“My best to all my teammates (big brother included!) who I know will do us proud. And my thanks again to Scottish Cycling for their support. They put a lot behind me to try and achieve something special this year and, even though I’m not going to manage that, I’m so grateful for their backing.”
Commenting on the decision, Elinor Middlemiss, Team Scotland Chef de Mission said: “We are really disappointed for Katie that she has had to take the tough decision to withdraw from the Games. Her welfare is of the utmost importance and we wish her a speedy recovery. Katie is a huge supporter and advocate of Scottish sport and I have no doubt that Katie will be cheering the team on from the sidelines.”