15 Jun

Farah Speaks About Salazar Allegations

Galen Rupp, Alberto Salazar and Mo FarahMo Farah has spoken out about the recent allegations that have surfaced against Alberto Salazar, the head coach of the Nike Oregon Project. Farah, who had been due to compete at the Diamond League in Birmingham, withdrew from the competition as he felt 'emotionally and physically drained' when the allegations were revealed. 

In a recent post on his Facebook page, Farah commented: "I mentioned at the weekend that the past week has been tough for me, but having spent a few days with my family and having time to reflect, I am feeling much more upbeat.

"However, I do realise that at the weekend I disappointed a lot of people by pulling out of the race and I wanted to apologise again to you all and say a massive thanks for your on-going support. Hope to see you soon!"

The accusations, aired on Panorama, suggest that Galen Rupp, Farah’s training partner, was supplied with the banned anabolic steroid testosterone while under Salazar’s supervision. The allegations stretch back to 2002 when Rupp, the US 10,000m champion, was just 16 years old.

Since the outbreak of the story, UK Athletics has acted swiftly and announced they will undertake their own review. Salazar has been working as a consultant with the governing body since 2013. Ed Warner, the chair of UK Athletics, said: “This review is a serious response to the questions raised in recent days. It demonstrates to all athletics fans the importance we place on ensuring that the high performance system around Mo Farah by British Athletics is robust and of the utmost integrity."

In response to the initial claims, Salazar said: "I have said all along that I believe in a clean sport, hard work and I deny all allegations of doping."