EXCLUSIVE: D-Day for Idowu! Prove you'll be fit, GB chiefs tell star
21:30 GMT, 23 July 2012
British Olympic officials have finally called time on Phillips Idowu’s injury charade by demanding to see his medical records.
On the day the triple jumper pulled out of Britain’s final pre-Olympic training camp in Portugal, the BOA invoked a clause in their team member’s agreement that allows them to ask for information which ‘could impact on an athlete’s ability to perform at the Games’.
BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel confirmed to Sportsmail: ‘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.’
Exit: Idowu has pulled out of the warm weather camp in Portugal
It is understood the information will be provided on a doctor-to-doctor basis and treated in strict confidence.
The BOA’s response highlights their concerns over the extent of Idowu’s injury 10 days before he is due to compete as one of the country’s supposed gold-medal favourites.
The intervention is also set against the ludicrous backdrop whereby he does not communicate with UK Athletics’ head coach Charles van Commenee after a public falling out last year. As Sportsmail revealed on July 16, Idowu has moved outside the UKA medical structure and funds his own treatment — a fact confirmed by his coach, Aston Moore, on Monday.
In confirming the latest setback, Moore said: ‘In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100 per cent.
No go: Idowu is not joining up with the Team GB camp in Portugal
‘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, 33, had insisted stories suggesting he was injured after pulling out midway through his last event, in Oregon in the United States last month, were no more than a ‘rumour mill’.
But days later he withdrew from the Diamond League meeting in Crystal Palace, citing a hip problem. That made a nonsense of Idowu’s protestations of fitness and substantiated Van Commenee’s earlier comments that he was ‘worried’ about the athlete’s Olympic prospects.
Long time no see: Idowu will head into the Olympics lacking practice
It appears Idowu’s contrary medical bulletin was at least partially a ham-fisted attempt to undermine his disciplinarian head coach.
Even if the physiotherapy gets him to the start of his run-up in the Olympic Stadium on August 3, it is doubtful he will be able to produce his best, given how rusty he must be after withdrawing from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials.
Rhythm is a key element of the triple jump and, anyway, Christian Taylor, the American who took his world title last year, is in ominously impressive form.