Tuesday, July 24, 2012


The agent of Nigeria born British triple jumb runner Phillips Idowu insists his athlete was disappointed with the British Olympic Association for making a request for his medical details public. 

The 33-year-old triple jumper did not travel to the Team GB training camp in Portugal citing an injury concern.
 BOA chief medical officer Dr Ian McCurdie has asked for medical records.
"He's incredibly disappointed and surprised as to why the BOA has chosen to do this," Idowu's agent Jonathan Marks said.
"I can't understand the benefit to the athlete."
Gold medal hope Idowu has competed only three times in 2012 and has not been in action since he injured his foot after landing awkwardly at a meeting in Eugene, Oregon, on June 2.
The BOA have written to Idowu to seek clarification over the matter but while the athlete's representatives understand that, they believe the request should have remained confidential.

Explaining the situation on the BOA's behalf, spokesman Darryl Seibel 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."

Responding to the comments from Marks on Idowu's behalf, Seibel added: "The BOA has duty of care to every member of Team GB and the purpose of us reaching out in writing was to obtain information specific to the injury to help us understand the nature of the treatment he is undergoing and make sure we are in a position to provide all support necessary to get him back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

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