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Glasgow 2014 still possible, says Hoy

SIR Chris Hoy has confirmed he will make a decision early next year on whether to continue to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Speaking at the velodrome in Glasgow that bears his name, the six-time Olympic champion said it is still his hope to compete but that is entirely dependent on how his "body can hold on".

"Fingers crossed," he said. "I'm not looking too far ahead at the moment. I'm just getting back into training. I'm going out to Perth in December so I will be able to do some consistent training for the first time since the Games and get back into it. I can't wait."

This weekend, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome played host to the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at which a star-studded British cycling contingent claimed a clutch of medals, including three golds. With Hoy, 36, on a break from international competition, though, there was a notable absence of Scots in the squad.

In contrast, Wales fielded six young riders, two of whom – Becky James and Elinor Barker – won gold medals on the opening day.

"We do have some quality riders [in Scotland]," said Hoy. "Callum Skinner would have been riding here but he broke his collarbone two weeks ago. It will take time, you can't just expect to bring riders from virtually club level up to GB team standard in a few months, but it will happen.

"The main challenge is to try to get some Scottish riders into the junior team for the world championships next year. That is the first focus."

"There is talent there," he added. "And we have no excuses now. We do have a facility they can train in all the time. They don't have to travel to Manchester or Newport. They can get access here seven days a week."

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