MILTON Keynes’ Olympic and Paralympic celebration will definitely not include gold medallist Greg Rutherford, the Citizen can reveal.
With Milton Keynes Council failing to organise an occasion to honour the long jump champion, the only event planned is set to coincide with MK Dons’ Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 29 – eight weeks after the 25-year-old leaped to Olympic glory.
However, a source close to Rutherford has today (Tuesday) confirmed that he will not be attending because of commercial commitments in Birmingham that day,
He also said the council had been in touch with him in the hope that he could help persuade the city’s seven other Olympians and Paralympians to attend. But as yet, no one is confirmed as going.
“The council has only ever given us the date of September 29. No other dates have been put forward for us to consider, and we cannot make that day,” he said.
“We have always been open to doing something in MK, but September 29 is the only date that has been put to us.
“And the excuse that Milton Keynes’ road structure doesn’t lend itself to a parade is ridiculous. How do you explain the Red Bull celebrations?
“I was even asked to try and contact the other Olympians because they can’t do it.”
The only event in the area to honour Rutherford publicly will be in Woburn Sands – where he now lives – on Friday, September 28.