Last Updated: July 24, 2012 9:44am
Phillips Idowu: Has been asked for details about his injury
The British Olympic Association have written to triple jumper Phillips Idowu asking for details about the injury which has cast doubt on his chances for the Olympic 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.
Darryl Seibel, a BOA spokesman, said: "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.
"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 amongst 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.
On Monday in a statement, 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, who was denied Olympic gold by just five centimetres in Beijing four
years ago, has been at the centre of speculation about his fitness since his
last competitive appearance on June 1 in Oregon, when he took three jumps before sitting out the rest of the competition.
He subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials in Birmingham, with Charles van Commenee, UK Athletics head coach, declining to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality".
Idowu claimed before the London Grand Prix that he had never mentioned an
injury and was happy to let the "rumour mill stir itself", yet pulled out of
the competition at Crystal Palace with a hip problem he felt while warming up.
He wrote on Twitter: "Hey guys, sorry to have to pull out of #ALGP, slight bit
of muscle tightness. I will be fine in a day or 2. Hope the other jumpers put on
a great show for you. See you 7th aug. thanks for your support."
With the August 7 date for the triple jump qualifying at the London Games fast-approaching, Idowu is quickly running out of time to get himself in top shape.
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