Triple jumper Phillips Idowu said that he is stepping aside from track and field after foreseeing a ‘bleak future’ in the sport.
Idowu, world champion in 2009 and silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics, has jumped competitively on only one occasion since a London 2012 campaign ruined by injury.
“After some careful consideration I have decided that for the foreseeable future I will be taking a step back from athletics,” the 34-year-old athlete said.
“I feel this is the right time for me to make this decision.
“I greatly appreciate all of the support I have received over the past years, particularly from the British public and my team and sponsors.
“It has been an extremely happy and successful time. I’m excited about pursuing other interests and taking other opportunities that present themselves to me during this break.”
Idowu was seventh in the Diamond League meeting in Rome last month and has dropped to third in the British rankings behind Nathan Douglas and Julian Reid.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black wished Idowu all the best.