Idowu casts doubt on his chances to compete at Olympics

Phillips Idowu poses in Team GB Olympic kit. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Phillips Idowu is the mystery man of British Athletics.

So much so that the British Olympic team are as much in the dark as everybody else as to whether or not the former triple jump world champion is going to be fit to compete in London in two weeks' time.

A spokesman for the BOA told me this morning that they had written to him to 'seek clarity' on his injury situation. It seemed strange that three days before the Olympics begin, Team GB has to write letters to find out whether or not its athletes are going to be able to compete.

The spokesman explained to me that Team GB handles the administration for the team and that they have a duty of care towards the athletes.

It is another body - UK Athletics - which handles the training, and the personal relationships with the athletes.

I was told I would have to ask them about the apparent collapse in communication between Phillips and the team.

I haven't yet - but in the meantime Idowu has released a statement saying everything's fine and he will be okay to compete, despite reports that he's got a problem with his hip.

From his socks to his sweatbands, Idowu has always been a showman - it seems like he is adding suspense to his act.