Idowu doubtful for the Olympics

One of Team GB’s greatest hopes for a gold medal, Phillips Idowu, could be in danger of missing the Games through injury. Idowu has opted out of a training camp in Portugal and the British Olympic Association have serious concerns about the triple-jumper’s fitness.

Competition begins on August 7 and Idowu is still struggling with a hip injury. The athlete has been reticent about the extent of the problem, offering only a single tweet saying "I will not give up". Idowu pulled out of the Olympic trials and meetings in London, Paris and Oslo and has not competed since the start of June.

The athlete insisted that the withdrawals were "precautionary", but the signs have been ominous. "It is Olympic year so I don't want to do anything to jeopardise my chances of performing in the best possible shape that I can be in at the Games," Idowu said at the time.

His coach Aston Moore explained the decision to skip the Portugal trip. "In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100%," 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."

The BOA has asked for Idowu’s medical records so they can ascertain the likelihood of him taking part in the Olympics. A BOA spokesman told The Daily Mail: "We have written to Phillips and his agents asking that he provides the relevant material relating to his injury and the treatment he is currently receiving to our chief medical adviser, Dr Ian McCurdie."

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