Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing to recover from a recent illness.
Farah, who was due to run in both the 5000m and 10,000m in Glasgow, revealed his body is not yet ready to compete.
“I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games,” the athlete was quoted as saying on Athletics Weekly.
The 31-year-old was forced to pull out of the Glasgow Diamond League earlier in the month after being hospitalised with abdominal pains in the US.
Out of shape
While the athlete revealed those pains are well and truly behind him, he explained how his body was not yet in the right shape.
"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."
Farah would have been the hot favourite to win in the Games and add to the Olympic golds he won in London in 2012, but will instead aim for European glory in Zurich next month.
The three-time world champion has decided to stay in his training camp to make sure he is fit for Switzerland, and will, again, be the one to beat.