London: Some of his illustrious peers might
have decided against travelling to India for the upcoming
Commonwealth Games, but world and European champion British
triple jumper Phillips Idowu has confirmed that he will defend
his title at the October 3-14 megaevent in Delhi.
Idowu, who won the world title in 2009 and captured gold
at the European Championships in Barcelona last week, has said
that he will participate in this year`s Commonwealth Games
despite some of his teammates have decided against the trip
due to security fears.
"I`m looking forward to going out and defending my
title," said the 31-year-old athlete, who won the gold in
Melbourne four years ago, is adamant he will don the England
vest in October.
"It`s great to pull on an England vest. I won my first
major championship gold at the Commonwealth Games in
Melbourne, so the event means a lot to me," the Beijing
Olympics silver medallist was quoted as saying by the British
The Games has already lost its charm after sprint king
Usain Bolt, Jamaican and Olympic 100 metres champion
Shelly-Ann Fraser and cyclists Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins
have decided to give the event a miss for varied reasons.
But Idowu`s confirmation will come as a boost for the
orgainsers, who are presently facing the heat for shambolic
preparations and corruption allegations related to various
Games projects with less than two months to go for the event.
Meanwhile, England chef de mission for the Commonwealth
Games, Craig Hunter said the event will provide young British
athletes a chance to get a feel of multi-discipline events
ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
"We`ve already got an impressive list of athletes
including Olympic and World champions within our team and
we`re looking forward to adding further team selections in the
near future as the countdown to the Games continues," Hunter
"As well as providing a platform for some of the
country`s top athletes, Delhi will also provide a unique
opportunity for some of the country`s most talented teenagers
to shine and to experience a multi-sports Games ahead of
"We`re looking forward to a fantastic Commonwealth
Games," he added.