Mo Farah has announced that he will not be participating in the Glasgow 2014 Games due to illness.
Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonweath Games in Glasgow. The athlete made the statement this morning and has reported that the decision is due to illness.
Farah said: “I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games. The sickness I had two weeks ago was a big setback for me. Training is getting better here in Font Romeu but I need another few weeks to get back to the level I was at in 2012 and 2013.
“I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it’s not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow.”
This statement has come in the wake of the opening ceremony at Celtic Park last night and will come as a real blow to the Games. Farah has instead pledged to focus on recovering for the European Championships in Zurich.
Jan Paterson, team England’s Chef de Mission has responded to this news and said: “It is a real blow for any athlete to miss out on a major championships through injury, but to have fought so hard to regain full fitness and to have to take such a difficult decision at this stage is particularly hard. We wish Mo all the very best and hope to see him back to his peak very soon.”
This decision has come after Farah had to pull out of the Glasgow Grand Prix earlier this year after suffering with abdominal pains.