Canada’s best squash player to miss the Games in New Delhi

Canada’s top-squash player Shahier Razik has been added to the list of withdrawals only two days before the Commonwealth Games begin.

Toronto resident Razik pulled out of the event in New Delhi due to injury, according to a press release by Commonwealth Games Canada.

An alternate player will not be named.

The 32-year-old will join a list of five other Canadians who will not be participating at the major event due to different reasons.

Canada’s national champion Razik last participated in the 2010 Metrosquash U.S. Open and was defeated in the second round 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 by New York-based El Hindi on Tuesday.

At the Games in India, Razik was seeded No. 12 and is scheduled to play Michael Kawooya from Uganda.

Early this week, Razik was also confirmed to play at the Boston Open that will run from Nov. 15-18, according to Pro Squash Tour facebook page.

With this injury, Razik might not be able to play in the upcoming event, although the seriousness of the hurt is still unknown.

The Cairo-born player has represented Canada in numerous events and has been the most important squash player after Jonathan power retired from the sport in 2006.

He obtained two gold medals in the singles and team events at the 2003 Santo Domingo Pan American Games.

Four years later, Razik won silver in Rio de Janeiro with partners Robin Clarke and Shawn Delierre

Razik was one of the highest hopes for Canada to win a medal in India but the expectations will remain in Clarke, Shawn Delierre and Andrew McDougall who will represent the country at the Games.