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'My safety comes first before CWG medal,' says UK triple jump champ Idowu

Defending triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has rubbished reports that he never intended to travel to New Delhi to participate in the XIXth Commonwealth Games.


London, Sept. 23 : Defending triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has rubbished reports that he never intended to travel to New Delhi to participate in the XIXth Commonwealth Games.

Rejecting critics accusations that he was using the filthy state of the competitors' village, along with the collapse of a footbridge leading to the athletics stadium in Delhi, as an excuse to pull out, The Sun quoted Idowu, as saying: "If I knew weeks ago I wasn't going, I wouldn't have been training up until now."

"I understand people will be disappointed that I will not be competing. I am disappointed. People who know me understand these Games mean a lot to me. It's the championships in which I won my first medal and four years ago I won my first gold, which kicked off the success I have had," he added.

"But seeing all the reports about bridges collapsing and 23 people being hurt, floods and uninhabitable living conditions put me off. I have two children to think about. My safety is more important to them than a medal," he said.

"I'm disappointed and can only say sorry but I can't afford to risk my safety," he revealed.

ANI

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