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Canadian Athletes Alvin Lau and Meaghan Benfeito pull out of the Commonwealth Games

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Commonwealth Games Canada has announced that Meaghan Benfeito (Montreal, QC) has withdrawn from the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games due to injury, and badminton player Alvin Lau (Vancouver, BC) has withdrawn due to school commitments. Benfeito has been replaced by Rachel Kemp (Victoria, BC). Kemp will travel with the diving team to India via Qatar, leaving today.

Kemp, 17, a bronze medalist at the 2008 world junior diving championships, has previously paired with Roseline Filion on women's 10-metre synchro - and will do so again in Delhi. This will be Kemp's second Commonwealth Games appearance. At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, at age 13, Kemp was the youngest member of the Canadian diving team, finishing sixth on 10-metre individual.

Benfeito sustained a shoulder injury in training a few weeks ago and has not recovered in time to compete in Delhi.

"Meaghan's withdrawal will definitely affect our medal potential in both the women's 10m individual and 10m synchro events," said Mitch Geller, Chief Technical Officer for Diving Canada. "However, Canada does boast incredible depth on women's tower, and we are confident that Rachel will work hard to help maintain Canada's reputation as a leading Commonwealth nation in diving. We will still be aiming for nine diving medals, but achieving this goal will now be more challenging."

Badminton Canada has confirmed that men's doubles player Alvin Lau (Vancouver, BC) has withdrawn from the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games due to school commitments. Lau, 25, is in the University of British Columbia's intensive, 12-month Secondary School Education Program. Lau's doubles partner, Jon Vandervet, will compete in Delhi with teammate Toby Ng.

An alternate athlete will not be sent.

"It's unfortunate that Alvin will be unable to attend the Commonwealth Games, but we understand the academic standards being enforced at UBC," said Kyle Hunter, Badminton Canada's Executive Director. "We have made some adjustments to the pairings and our athletes are looking forward to competing in what is a very strong field."

Canada is sending a team of 400 athletes, coaches and support staff to the Games which take place from October 3 to 14, 2010. Team Canada's goal is a Top 3 finish in the overall medal count.