GLASGOW Commonwealth Games were handed a heavy body blow early on Thursday's opening day with the news that athletics legend Mo Farah had pulled out due to injury.
The 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic champion, 31, was recently laid low by illness and has decided to pull out of the Games in order to work on his fitness ahead of next month's European Championships in Zurich.
"I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games," Farah said in a statement released by Team England.
"I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships, but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it's not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow.