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BOA supports Idowu in London 2012 fitness fight

ESPN staff
July 26, 2012
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The British Olympic Association (BOA) has given its backing to the medical team of Phillips Idowu, after details of his treatment were finally provided on Thursday evening.

The relationship between the BOA and the Idowu camp appeared to be growing increasingly strained as details of the triple-jumper's current fitness concerns were not made immediately available to the governing body.

Idowu has pulled out of multiple events in the build-up to London 2012, with a hip and back problem believed to be the cause for concern. The Brit has preferred to keep his treatment private, but after he missed a Team GB meet-up, the BOA asked for information on the injury.

After a 48-hour wait, the BOA has finally received the required documents, and it insists it will provide all the support necessary to get Idowu competing for Olympic gold over the next two weeks.

In a statement, the BOA said: "Today, we have received from the medical professionals working with Phillips Idowu the information that has been requested with regard to his injury and ongoing treatment.

"This information will be kept confidential with the Team GB chief medical officer. We will continue to liaise with and support the professionals who are working with Phillips to ensure he has the support he needs in his treatment."

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