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Gambia confirms Commonwealth Games exit

Gambia has confirmed that it will not no longer compete in the Commonwealth Games, ahead of Glasgow 2014.

The African nation made an announcement on state television last week confirming its withdrawal from the Commonwealth, stating that: "The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism.”

However, its withdrawal from next year’s Games was unclear until Glasgow 2014 organisers confirmed the baton relay prior to the event will not go through Gambia, and a re-routing will be organised.

"All Commonwealth nations and territories are entitled to compete in the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 has received confirmation from the Commonwealth Games Federation of the formal withdrawal of The Gambia from the Commonwealth,” a Glasgow 2014 spokesman said, according to the BBC.

"It is our understanding, therefore, that The Gambia does not intend to enter a team and compete in next year's Games. [The Queen's Baton Relay] planning is now under development in collaboration with the Commonwealth Games Federation and we will provide further information in the near future.”