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Sotherton fears fixture pile-up will deny Asher-Smith Commonwealth treble

  • Team England’s new leader says sprinter will be ‘selective’
  • Three major championships within five-week spell in 2022

The pile-up of championships in 2022 could rob the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham of some of its biggest stars and will make it impossible for Dina Asher-Smith to attempt a unique treble, Kelly Sotherton has warned.

Sotherton, three-times an Olympic medallist and the new track and field leader for Team England, is still hopeful she can persuade Asher-Smith to take part in Birmingham during a summer when the world championships, Commonwealth Games and European championships all take place during a five-week window between 15 July and 21 August.

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