By Mike Rowbottom

Yohan Blake, Jamaica's former world 100m champion, will not run in the Glasgow 2014 Games ©Getty ImagesYohan Blake, Jamaica's former 100 metres world champion, will not race at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was confirmed today.

Blake, training partner of multiple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, no longer has Glasgow in his plans, Cubie Seegobin, the athlete's manager, told The Jamaica Gleaner

"It was something that we were looking at for a long time but in the end, the team decided that they would do what's in the best interest of the athlete," Seegobin said.

He added that Blake is healthy and capable of running fast, but that as the next three years feature global championships he will only do seven or eight races this year.

Blake is scheduled to run in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meetings in Lausanne on July 3 and Glasgow on July 11-12 and at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, a London street event, on July 20. 

Bolt has yet to confirm whether he will run at the Commonwealth Games, but the odds appear to be against it given his recent announcement that he was pulling out of scheduled races in Ostrava on June 17 and Paris on July 5 in an effort to recover full fitness following a foot injury.

If Bolt does run at the Games, it is likely to be over 200 metres.

He is also a potential starter in the IAAF Diamond League meeting at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

On his personal website,, Bolt regretted that he was "not ready" to start his European season.

Bolt did not specify a new comeback date.

"I hope to be back in competition soon but how soon will depend on my training in the next few weeks," he added.

"It is important for me to take my time this year as I have three tough years ahead in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as I attempt to defend my world and Olympic titles.

"I definitely plan to compete this season and will continue to work hard with my coach, who I have the utmost confidence in to get me fit and ready to compete."

Usain Bolt, pictured at last year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow, has delayed his start to the season because of a foot injury and may now miss the Glasgow Commonwealth Games  ©Getty ImagesUsain Bolt, pictured at last year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow, has delayed his start to the season because of a foot injury and may now miss the Glasgow Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Meanwhile Jamaica's foremost female sprinter, double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is also in danger of missing the Commonwealth Games if she does not recover from injury for next week's national trials.

The 27-year-old, who won three golds at last year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow, has left Jamaica to receive medical attention for a pain in her left leg.

The Jamaican trials are due to take place between 26 and 29 June and athletes must finish in the top three to guarantee selection for next month's Glasgow Games.

Fraser-Pryce pulled out of last week's Diamond League meeting in New York City because of injury, having previously finished a disappointing eighth in the 200m in Eugene on 29 May and seventh in the 100m in Rome on June 5.

Her manager Bruce James said he still expected her to compete at the trials.

"The only thing which would stop her from competing next week is if the medical team says it's not in her best interest to do so," James told BBC Sport.

"Outside of her medical situation, she will compete at the trials and we expect her to be selected to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games."

James added that the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) could select the sprinter even if she did not compete at the trials, but added that he would prefer her to race at the trials to "remove any doubt".

Two Jamaicans may be making a previously unexpected return to action in the Commonwealth Games, however. Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder and 2006 Commonwealth 100m champion, may be able to run in Glasgow along with 2008 Olympic 100m silver medallist Sherone Simpson following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision earlier this month to grant them a stay on their 18-months doping suspension pending an appeal.

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