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OTTAWA – (2022 – 07 – 26) It is with disappointment that Commonwealth Sport Canada announces the withdrawals of Canadian sprinters Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown and Jerome Blake as well as decathlete Pierce LePage from Canada’s team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

De Grasse, Brown, Blake recently won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in in Eugene, Oregon. Decathlete Pierce LePage won the silver medal at the Championships.

Athletics Canada provided the following statement:

These athletes have had a challenging World Championships in hot weather conditions and unfortunately must withdraw from the 2022 Commonwealth Games to properly recover and prepare for the rest of the season.


The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be host to 71 participating nations and territories taking part in the Games. The Commonwealth Games are a valuable opportunity as a steppingstone and development opportunity for Canadian athletes, coaches, and managers working towards Olympic and Paralympic success. Canada’s performance projection in 2022 is a top 3 ranking, in total medals, amongst all nations and territories competing. Commonwealth athletes won 80%+ of Canada’s medals at the 2020 Olympic Games 

Team Canada’s dedicated mission team will provide an optimal environment by celebrating equality, diversity, and non-discrimination. This is in support of our goals needed to enable a best ever performance by Canadian athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 


Athletics Canada is the national governing body of athletics in Canada which includes track and field, cross-country running, road running, and race walking. Athletics Canada is involved in many aspects of the sport at the local, national, and international level, providing the rules, officials, coaching education, sport science and athlete development, youth programs, masters competition, and an annual meeting. For more information, please visit


Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth sport movement in Canada. CSC is an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community and supports Canada’s athletes to achieve excellence at Olympic, Paralympic Games, and world championships. The mission of CSC is to enrich the lives of youth across the Commonwealth and host the Commonwealth Games. CSC is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s participation in the XXII Commonwealth Games and will be sending a team of almost 400 of Canada’s best athletes and coaches to compete for Canada. The upcoming Games will occur in Birmingham, England from July 28 through to August 8, 2022. For additional information go to:

For additional information, please contact:

Caroline Sharp

Media Attaché – Athletics –


Phone in Birmingham: +447564050747

 Laura Gray (she/her) 
Communications Coordinator Team Canada 2022
Commonwealth Games Association of Canada / Association Canadienne des Jeux du Commonwealth