BOA writes to Idowu for injury details
Jul 24 2012
The British Olympic Association has written to triple jumper Phillips Idowu asking for details about the injury which has cast doubt on his chances for the Games.
Idowu, 33, failed to travel to a warm weather training camp in Portugal on Monday, prompting the BOA to seek clarification about his hip injury.
BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel told the Press Association: "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."
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."
A fully-fit Idowu would be one of the top medal hopes among British track and field athletes. Idowu is due to compete on August 7 and his coach Aston Moore said he has chosen to stay in London for treatment from a private physiotherapist.
In a statement on Monday, Moore said: "In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100%.
"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's agent Jonathan Marks later told BBC Sport: "He's incredibly disappointed and surprised as to why the BOA has chosen to do this (make the request for injury details public).
"I can't understand the benefit to the athlete. We are more than happy to send the BOA the medical records.
"Our office has even had a call from a member of the BOA medical team who has also expressed surprise at the organisation's decision to go public with the request. 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."
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