ROWING: Alan Campbell left out of World Championship squad

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Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell has been omitted from Great Britain’s rowing squad for the World Championships next month.

Campbell has been left out of the 66-strong squad for the Amsterdam tournament, with performance director Sir David Tanner admitting “there’s something not quite right” with the 2012 bronze winner at present.

The 31-year-old from Northern Ireland won silver at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, before claiming bronze at London 2012.

Britain will now head to Amsterdam with no one competing in the open men’s single sculls, with the tournament running from August 24 to 31.

British rowing chiefs have tipped Campbell to be revitalised by a break from competition and backed the 31-year-old to continue his fight for inclusion at the 2016 Olympics.

“Alan has not had his best season, he made the final in the Europeans, but he had a new baby arrive, and he didn’t make the top 12 in Lucerne,” said Tanner.

“Our view is that there’s something not quite right with Alan, and therefore he will not race in Amsterdam.

“We see him as taking some breath, he’s not ill, we think something that cannot be measured is not right for him.

“We see him as very much still a candidate for the Olympics in Rio, but he won’t race in Amsterdam.”

Chief men’s coach Jurgen Grobler admitted four years of solo racing could have taken its toll on the man from Coleraine.

“He’s been through tough times after the Olympics,” said Grobler.

“He didn’t quite carry on in the same way.

“He came third this year in the national trials, so we can’t measure why that is.

“Maybe it’s that a single event took so much out of him in the last four years.

“From my experience from 44 years sometimes it takes longer to recover mentally and physically.

“Alan has done it: he has had some top times in the past.

“Nobody is too old, or too young.

“He has done it and shown good performances.

“But if people six or seven years older can do it then there’s no reason why Alan can’t.

“We have to draw the line now in his interest: I don’t have the recipe to turn things around in five weeks.

“We tried everything, but right now he would be at an average performance level.

“Of course he will not totally agree, but in his interest he’s too good to demonstrate, he needs a longer rest now and to start again.

“I still think he has the potential to return in the future.”