BOA promise Phillips Idowu full support during London 2012 Olympics


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Phillips Idowu has been promised the full support of the British Olympic Association in his bid to gain full fitness in time for a triple-jump glory bid.

Last night came confirmation that Idowu had provided the details requested by the BOA concerning his injury and treatment, which is continuing under the eyes of his own medical team rather than UK Athletics.

An ongoing rift between Idowu and UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee may be a factor behind that, but there is no imminent prospect of the Dutchman or the BOA pulling the 33-year-old Londoner out of his home Olympic Games.

Idowu has been struggling with a nerve problem in his hip and back in the build-up to London 2012.

It took almost 60 hours between the BOA announcing on Tuesday morning they were seeking Idowu's medical records, and the confirmation they had arrived.

But the sting appears to have been taken out of the situation, with the BOA stating last night: "We have received from the medical professionals working with Phillips Idowu the information that has been requested with regard to his injury and ongoing treatment.

"This information will be kept confidential with the Team GB chief medical officer.

"We will continue to liaise with and support the professionals who are working with Phillips to ensure he has the support he needs in his treatment."

Earlier in the day, BOA chairman Lord Moynihan dismissed talk of a rift with Idowu, whose agent had said on Tuesday that the 2009 world champion and 2008 Olympic silver medallist was "incredibly disappointed and surprised" to be asked to provide a detailed account of his condition.

The BOA claimed their only agenda was to give Idowu "maximum support".

Idowu failed to travel to Portugal for Team GB's warm-weather training camp this week and Van Commenee admitted on Wednesday to having no idea if the medal hopeful would be fit.

Idowu will need to be competition-ready by the morning of August 7, when triple-jump qualifying takes place, with the final scheduled for the evening of August 9.

BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt said at the Olympic Park: "I can imagine no-one outside of Phillips more wants him to compete and win a medal than us, so be really clear on that.

"We really want Phillips to be here, to be successful. We want to see if we can help him, too.

"We've probably got the top medical experts in the team here, based at the Olympic Village, for us."

Another athlete with a worrying injury is British javelin record holder Goldie Sayers. Her qualifying event also takes place on August 7.

Sayers, who finished fourth in Beijing, is hoping the adrenaline of competing at a home Olympics can mask the pain of a torn elbow ligament, sustained while taking her last throw at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on July 14.

She had improved her national record from 65.75 metres to 66.17m earlier in the competition.

Thirty-year-old Sayers has been receiving treatment at UK Athletics' training camp, and said: "It is likely to be painful, however I won't let that get in the way of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"Experience tells me that adrenaline and the support of the home crowd will be the best possible painkiller."