Mo Farah’s intentions to focus on the 2014 London Marathon has made his presence at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games highly unlikely.
Farah’s absence will be a huge blow to the organisers of the event as he would have been a star attraction to many due to his recent achievements.
The double Olympic and world gold medallist emphasised that he will only be able to concentrate on one race next year, with London being his preferred outing.
The likelihood of Farah competing at both is slim, but the 30-year-old has not completely ruled it out: “I don ‘t know. It just depends how I come off that marathon, ” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Adding: “My aim is to do the London marathon and that is what I am fully focused on. It ‘s a bonus if I do it [the Commonwealths] but it is not on my list.
“I ‘ve got to come off the marathon healthy and then I ‘d make a decision. You ‘ve just got to choose one race. “
After an incredible double at the London 2012 Olympics, Rio is inevitably in Farah’s sites, his performance in next years marathon though could dictate the distance he challenges.
“It all depends on how London goes. The Olympics is a big one. After London I’ll have a chat to my coach,” the 30-year-old said.
Farah went on to respond to the recent rumours that he could break the two hour barrier for the marathon, attributing the hearsay to a shoe called ‘Sub Two-Hour’ that his sponsors are currently working on.
“It ‘s pretty crazy to say that in my first ever marathon I ‘m going to shave three minutes off, ” the world and Olympic champion said. “If you look at the world record it ‘s slowly been broken before, from 2:04, 2:03. To say I ‘m going to shave that off is completely crazy.
“I don ‘t think two hours is going to be broken in the next 10 years or even beyond that, maybe even 100 years, because if you think about it, it ‘s really difficult.”