Updated: Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:24 | By Agence France-Presse

Mo Farah pulls out of Commonwealth Games

England's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games due to fitness concerns, his team announced on Thursday.

Mo Farah pulls out of Commonwealth Games

Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates after winning the men's 5000 metres final at the world championships in Moscow, on August 16, 2013 - by Franck Fife

The 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic champion, 31, was recently laid low by illness and has decided to pull out of the Glasgow event 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."

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