LONDON (AFP) Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games in India because he wants to concentrate on the European Championships. Hoy, who won Commonwealth gold medals for Scotland in 2002 and 2006, has opted to miss the Delhi event, which runs from October 3-14, to avoid a potential conflict with the European Championships, an event which comes with a vital qualification points for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Withc changes to the Olympic programme limiting the number of riders to one from each country per event, the Euros are now a key qualifier. Although a date and venue have still to be confirmed, British Cycling anticipate the new European Championships will take place in November, meaning it is not possible for Hoy to compete in India. Well support any athlete who wants to prioritise the Europeans over the Commonwealth Games, British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford told Press Association Sport. Chris made the decision backed by us. For Chris his whole career is based around the Olympics so it makes sense that he focuses on Olympic point-scoring events. We supported him because the priority is the Olympic Games in London. Victoria Pendleton, who won Commonwealth gold for England in Melbourne four years ago, has also indicated that she would choose to ride in any European Championships rather than in Delhi should there be a clash. I think this is on a case-by-case basis, Brailsford said. I dont think we should make one generalisation. But certainly I dont think youll see all of our top track athletes going. I think quite a few of them look at Chris decision - theres a logic behind the decision. I doubt youll see a full British contingent in India.