Leyva has been recovering from shoulder surgery, which has limited his training.
“We appreciate Danell’s letting us know in a timely manner and his concern for the needs of the team,” said Dennis McIntyre, the director of the men’s program. “We respect his decision to focus on the long-term and look forward to his returning to 100 percent.”
Leyva was named to the U.S World Championship team on Sunday along with Jake Dalton, Steven Legendre, Sam Mikulak, Alexander Naddour and Brandon Wynn.
“I very much appreciate the opportunity to be, once again, part of the team that will go onto the world stage and represent the United States in the great sport that is gymnastics,” stated Leyva in his withdrawal letter. “Unfortunately, I have to decline. We have decided that the right decision for me, to better help the team in the future, is to retract from this competition so that I can heal further and reach my full potential yet again.”
USA Gymnastics has stated that the replacement will be announced “in the near future.”
The three alternates for the team are 2012 Olympian John Orozco, Eddie Penev and Paul Ruggeri.