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Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah out of the Commonwealth Games.
Mo Farah out of the Commonwealth Games..

Mo Farah will not compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the celebrated long-distance runner forced to pull out of the competition.

As confirmed in an official Team England statement released on Thursday morning, Farah - who has recently been struggling with illness - will not travel to Glasgow but instead remain at his training base in the South of France in order to focus fully upon preparations for next month's European Championships in Switzerland.

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Farah disappointment

"I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games," the 31-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist said in the statement.

"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."

Farah was due to compete in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre events, yet clearly is understandably not content to risk his long-term health by doing so.

With the Europeans beginning on August 12 in Zurich, he only has a matter of weeks remaining to ensure he is back to full fitness.

Blow for Glasgow

Given Farah's elite status as one of the world's most-recognisable and popular athletes, his withdrawal will come as a massive blow for the Games, which only get underway officially today following an impressive opening ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The loss of Farah is also another high-profile setback for the English team, with heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson - also expected to win gold in Scotland -  having been similarly forced to pull out of proceedings with a foot injury earlier this week.

"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," Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said of Farah's decision.

"We wish Mo all the very best and hope to see him back to his peak very soon."

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