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Triple Jumper Idowu’s Olympics in Doubt Over Medical Records

July 26, 2012

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu’s participation in the London games is in doubt after Britain’s national Olympic committee said he’s yet to provide medical records explaining why he pulled out of a training camp.

Idowu, who’s scheduled to take part in his fourth Olympics, must provide the records as part of team protocol. The 33-year- old last competed at a meet in Eugene, Oregon, on June 2, where he hurt his foot.

Idowu, the silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing games, said he’d prefer to rehabilitate in the U.K. rather than travel with the rest of Team GB to Portugal.

“We’re still waiting to receive the medical records from Phillips’s team but we expect to receive those shortly,” Andy Hunt, chief executive office of the British Olympic Association, told reporters today. “We ultimately do have the right, as you know, to make an assessment on fitness, indeed any grounds around selection or de-selection.”

Idowu’s agent Jonathan Marks didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The athlete, who also was world champion in 2009, said he was “surprised and disappointed” that the BOA publicly requested his medical records, according to a statement earlier this week.

There isn’t a deadline for Idowu to submit his medical records, the BOA said. Team GB doesn’t have a replacement triple jumper, Hunt said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Spillane at Olympic Park at cspillane3@bloomberg.net; Tariq Panja at Olympic Park at tpanja@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net


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