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Mo given a deadline

London: Mo Farah has been given fewer than six weeks to decide whether he wants to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, even though he will still be in his recovery period following his London Marathon debut nine days ago.

The double world and Olympic champion had hoped to delay any decision about his participation until after he had tested himself on the track at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park on July 12. The Commonwealth Games athletics programme begins 15 days later.

But Farah will be afforded no such leeway after Team England confirmed that its athletics selection panel would meet on June 2, with the line-up due to be announced a week later. It also ruled out any possibility of Farah being selected subject to fitness, insisting that no athlete could be included on a “provisional basis”.

The early selection date, just two weeks into the outdoor season, means many English athletes will have barely competed by the time the squad is chosen.