Double Olympic Gold medallist Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games after failing to recover in time from a recent illness.
Farah, was set to run in the 5000m and 10000m races at Hampden, but has now decided to drop out of Team England to prepare for August’s European Championships in Zurich.
Farah, speaking after the announcement, commented: “Training is getting better 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. My body is telling me it’s not ready to race yet.”
Farah missed the Diamond League competition in Glasgow earlier this month because of illness.
Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg, admitted: “There’s no question we’re disappointed that Mo Farah announced he would be withdrawing. We’re very disappointed for Mo. We knew how much he wanted to be here. I’m sure there will be some disappointed people, but there are plenty of great athletes who are here and will be competing.”
Farah’s withdrawal is a huge blow to the organisers, as well as those fans who forked out money to buy tickets to see the Englishman go for Commonwealth Gold in Glasgow.