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Element of doubt for Idowu


LONDON 2012 Olympic Games medal hopeful Phillips Idowu has criticised the British Olympic Association (BOA) for publicly requesting clarification of his injury.

The triple jumper was due to fly to Portugal for team training with coach Aston Moore on July 23 but instead stayed in London for treatment with a private physiotherapist.

Idowu, 33, is a genuine gold medal contender after taking silver in Beijing four years ago, but has not competed since June 1 in Oregon, USA.

On that occasion, he took three jumps before sitting out the rest of the competition.

Since then he has pulled out of Diamond League events in Oslo, Paris and London as well as the Olympic trials in Birmingham.

It was after this that the BOA chief medical officer asked to see his medical records.

However, Idowu’s agent Jonathan Marks revealed that the athlete was unhappy with the BOA’s decision to go public with their request.

Marks said: “He's incredibly disappointed and surprised as to why the BOA has chosen to do this. I can't understand the benefit to the athlete.”

He added: “We are more than happy to send the BOA the medical records. Phillips is an athlete who's proven that if he gets to the start line then he is one of those athletes who can win a medal.”

There are strong suspicions that Idowu may not be fit for the triple jump qualifier on August 7.

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