The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has received a major boost with news that double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will compete at the event this summer. Mo, who will represent England at the Games, tweeted: "Hi guys! I will be running in the Commonwealth Games this year. See you in Glasgow. Shabba!"
The 31-year-old added that he had yet to choose the distance he will compete in: "Haven't decided which events to compete in: 1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m. Will let you know as soon as I decide."
Farah who recently took part in his first marathon, coming eighth in April's London Marathon, had remained a doubt for the Games as his focus shifted from track to road running. His coach, Alberto Salazar, has advised him not to run any more marathons until after the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Mo's agent, Ricky Simms, revealed the decision to compete at Glasgow was only taken recently: "Mo only made the decision over the past few days. He came back from his holiday feeling good and after a few days' training we sat down to talk about his plans for the summer and he decided to go for Glasgow."
Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m double at London 2012 and broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old 1500m British record last year before turning his attention to the marathon. Mo will be in Glasgow before the Games as he is scheduled to run in a special event at the Diamond League meet at Hampden Park on 12 July, with the Commonwealth Games commencing 11 days later.
Depending on which event he decides to run at the Games, Farah could be in action on Sunday 27 July in the 5,000m, and Friday 1 August in the 10,000m or the 1500m.