• London Olympics 2012

BOA demands details of Idowu's injury issue

ESPN staff
July 24, 2012

The British Olympic Association has demanded to see Phillips Idowu's medical records as doubts grow over his participation at London 2012.

Idowu, a strong medal contender for Team GB in the triple jump, has not competed in the event since pulling out midway through a low-key meeting in Oregon last month.

He was due to compete in the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace two weeks ago but pulled out just 30 minutes before the event was due to start - just days after disputing UK Athletics chief Charles van Commenee's assertions that he was struggling for fitness.

On Monday, Idowu chose not to join up with the rest of Team GB's athletics squad at a training camp in Portugal in order to receive further treatment, elevating concerns about his chances of competing at the Games. The 33-year-old finances his own medical treatment, but the BOA has now invoked a clause in his team member's agreement that allows it to ask for information that "could impact on an athlete's ability to perform at the Games".

"Our chief medical officer Dr Ian McCurdie wrote to Phillips and his agent yesterday asking that he provide to Dr McCurdie the relevant medical records relating to his injury and the treatment he is currently receiving," a BOA spokesperson said.

He added: "Those should be provided to our chief medical officer on a confidential basis. The basis for doing this is a clause in our team members' agreement that says athletes are required to provide details of any injury or illness that may impact on their performance during the Games."

Idowu's coach, Aston Moore, is in Portugal with some of his other clients but indicated that he believes Idowu knows what he needs to do in order to arrive at the Games in the best possible condition.

"In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100 per cent," he said. "At the weekend Phillips told me he would continue to seek treatment from a private physio in London and would not travel to prepare in Portugal, although he may join us here later.

"He is an experienced athlete who I have worked with for more than four years and we will assess the situation again in the coming days."

Idowu faces a battle to win gold even if he is fully fit, with USA athlete Christian Taylor looking imposing in recent appearances. Taylor has jumped 17.63 metres twice already this season - Idowu's personal best in the event, set back in 2010, is 17.81m.

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