Bartko out of Cali World Up

Robert Bartko has had to cancel his appearance in the track World Cup meet in Cali, Colombia, on December 11-13, due to a case of the flu.

The German team is scheduled to fly to Colombia on Friday to prepare for the event. Bartko, 32, had planned to use the meet as preparation for the World Championships in Poland in March. The cancellation "messes up my whole winter planning," the German pursuit champion told the sid news agency.

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