Elliot Willis pulls out of GB squad for Rio Olympics due to cancer treatment

Luke Patience and Elliot Willis of Great Britain compete in the 470 Men class of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on June 12, 2015
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Elliot Willis is withdrawn from Great Britain's sailing squad for the Rio Olympics due to ongoing treatment for bowel cancer.

Elliot Wills has had to withdraw from Great Britain's sailing squad for the Rio Olympics later this year due to ongoing treatment for bowel cancer.

The 32-year-old was one of the first British athletes selected for the Games in September along with 470 partner Luke Patience.

However, Willis was diagnosed with cancer in December and his current treatment means that he will miss much of the build-up and not be able to travel to Brazil.

Patience has therefore been de-selected and must attempt to re-qualify with a new partner.

"Clearly Elliot's situation is one neither of us foresaw when we embarked on our campaign together and I'm sad that we won't be able to compete together in Rio this summer," said Patience.

"The thoughts of all the team continue to be with Elliot in his ongoing recovery. For me, it's absolutely the right thing to do to see through the work Elliot and I started out together.

"I'm aiming to re-qualify for Rio with Chris (Grube) and do the best job we can to bring home a medal."

GB also announced today that five more athletes - Nick Dempsey, Charlotte Dobson, Sophie Ainsworth, Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves - have been added to the sailing squad for the Olympics.

Giles Scott of Great Britain sails on the Pão de Açúcar course during the Mens FINN Class as part of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta - Rio 2016 Sailing Test Even on August 8, 2014
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