Commonwealth Games absent stars ‘will regret’ 2022 Birmingham missing, says CEO Ian Reed

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Stars staying away from the Commonwealth Games have been warned they will regret not competing in Birmingham 2022.

Several star names have opted not to compete despite Fraser-Price’s appearance in Birmingham this week, among them sprint world champions Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price and Sherrika Jackson.

Eugene’s other world champions missing at the Games include women’s 400m winners Shane Miller-Uibo and Faith Kipyegon, who beat Laura Muir to the 1500m gold.

But Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid said: “We can’t get people here, but if Shelley-Ann had been here before and saw the atmosphere and the whole stadium, she would probably regret it.

“The atmosphere that has been created to accommodate 30,000 people at Alexander Stadium for every season of athletics, I can’t think of anywhere better for these athletes. There are others who are not here, but that’s my personal opinion. That they’ll probably regret it.”

Sherrika Jackson and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price are not competing at the Commonwealth Games (Getty Images for World Athletics)

Reid’s comments were echoed by Daly Thompson, a three-time Commonwealth Games champion who won the title from 1978 to 1986.

“If there are people who want to earn a living and run in Zurich or anywhere, that’s fair enough,” he said. “But from my point of view it was just about winning the championship and being the best.

“I think people going for the money are missing out because it’s a great place. Elaine Hera-Thompson was running today, she’s here. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for most people.” “

Reid also dismissed Adam Peaty’s early criticism of the Games. Looking forward to his 100m breaststroke final on Tuesday night, Pete had said: “I’m not bothered about it. Commonwealth for me, in the grand scheme of things, it’s almost two years. [the Paris Olympics], This is no disrespect.”

PT later backtracked from his comments, saying that sentiment had gotten the better of him, while Reid pointed to the fact that the two-time Olympic champion had suffered a broken leg 10 weeks earlier to compete in Birmingham. proceeded with his recovery.

“He had the challenge of getting here with his foot, but what I heard from Team England was that he was really focused on being here,” he said. “It’s his home game, it’s on his territory and I think the fact that he continued to participate in those conditions says it in terms of what he thinks about this event.

“Had it been any other event, he couldn’t have done it and he wouldn’t have continued training, but I think he wanted to compete in front of his home audience. The fact that he competed is very much about the event. says something.”