London 2012 - Idowu to ban family from watching him at London 2012

Wed, 16 Feb 11:17:00 2011

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu, one of Britain’s top medal hopes for London 2012, has banned his wife and children from watching him in action at next year's Olympic Games.

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The 32-year-old - who is the reigning world champion in the event and an Olympic silver medallist - claims that having his family around is just too distracting, and has insisted that they stay at home and watch on TV.

"They're not coming. No way, man," said Idowu, who has a three-year-old daughter, D'Karma, and a one-year-old son, Prince, with long-term partner Carlita.

"I'd be worried they were okay. If I see them in the stadium, or hear my son crying, it distracts me.

"I end up helping to fold the buggy, making sure they are in the right seats, trying to find them in the stands after the competition. It's hard work. You can't mix business with pleasure."

The flamboyant star, who grew up near the Games' site in East London, is a hot favourite to take gold on August 9 - but he insists that the only way his family will see him hop, skip and jump his way to glory is on the television.

"I may let them go and see other sports in London - but the day I'm on they can stay at home and watch it on TV."


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