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Sotherton to miss season opener

Venue: Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Date: 31 January
Coverage: BBC One (1400-1630) and BBC Sport website

Kelly Sotherton
Sotherton will hope to make up for a disappointing Olympics in 2009

Kelly Sotherton has been forced out of Saturday's Aviva International in Glasgow because of a sore back.

Sotherton, 32, was due to compete in the long jump for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team and also had a guest lane in the 60m hurdles.

"It would be too big a risk so I've decided to withdraw," she said.

Sotherton hopes to compete in the pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships in Turin in March and improve on the silver she won in 2007.

Despite Sotherton's absence, the GB team still contains 11 athletes who competed at the Olympics.

They face the United States, Sweden, Germany and a Commonwealth Select squad, but one name notable by his absence will be Dwain Chambers due to his previous drugs ban.

He is instead expected to run in an event at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on the same day.

Chambers, last year's World Indoor 60m silver medallist, cannot compete at the Glasgow event as it falls under the umbrella of a Euro Meetings Group event.


The consortium passed a ruling last year preventing athletes who have served a two-year drugs ban from taking part in its competitions, thereby ruling out the 30-year-old after his positive test for steroids in 2003.

UK Athletics has confirmed Chambers' eligibility for the European Indoor Championships in March, where he will be favourite to win the 60m title.

Team USA's line-up in Glasgow will include five 2008 Olympians, led by David Payne, the Beijing 110m hurdles silver medallist, and women's world 100m hurdles number one Lolo Jones.

Payne goes in the 60m hurdles, while Jones is set to go in the women's 60m hurdles.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland team:

Men: 60m: Craig Pickering (Marshall Milton Keynes); 200m: Leon Baptiste (Enfield & Haringey) 400m: Richard Buck (City of York) 800m: Joe Thomas (Cardiff AAC); 3000m: Mo Farah (Newham & Essex); 60m hurdles: Andy Turner (Sale Harriers) High Jump: Tom Parsons (Birchfield Harriers); Pole Vault: Steve Lewis (Newham & Essex); Long Jump: Greg Rutherford (Marshall Milton Keynes)

Women: 60m: Montell Douglas (Blackheath & Bromley); 200m: Hayley Jones (Wigan AC); 400m: Kim Wall (Basildon AC) 800m: Marilyn Okoro (Shaftesbury Barnet); 1500m: Susan Scott (Victoria Park City of Glasgow); 3000m: Helen Clitheroe (Preston Harriers); 60m hurdles: Sarah Claxton (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies).

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