Wouldn't surprise me at all if British Athletics hadn't leaned on Butchart. Why on earth would he withdraw when in such form and when previously entered, when uninjured and in great form.
Athletics is so about political correctness and inclusiveness now, especially in Europe and GB. We refer to Mo Farah as "Golden Boy" in our house, so sickeningly syncophantic is the commentary whenever the saint runs on tv. So glowing are the compliments, even before he has even won the race, it really makes you feel a little queasy.
I'm sure Mo had something to do with Andy Vernon's (one of GB's fastest ever 5000m and 10000m runners) so that he was not selected for the World Championships in 2014, after nearly beating Mo and medalling at the Europeans the previous year. Inexplicably, the qualifying standard for all other athletes was meant to be achieved twice, which is very difficult for distance runners. It also followed a "twitter war" between Vernon and Farah.
Not a fan of Farah. Quite often, you bump into many Team GB athletes when on warm weather training camps or at lower key early season or mass participation cross country races yourself, and they generally have a friendly word for you. Not Mo. Never seen him supporting athletes, never seen him have any connection with GB since presumably his junior days.
If he is connected to the above two incidents, the man is actually harming British athletics. If only he would consider the support given to him in his younger years, and consider giving back in some way (other than in some headline-grabbing, high profile way that benefits him).