Long distance runner and British Olympic Champion Sir Mohamed Farah’s American coach Alberto Salazar was recently accused of going against anti-doping rules, allegedly using prohibited levels of infusions to boost the testosterone of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project.
The Sunday Times (US) first published the controversial news collected from a leaked report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The leaked report claims Salazar used a banned method of infusing a legal supplement called L-carnitine.
In response, both Mo Farah and his coach Alberto Salazar issued statements denying the use of any banned drug or supplement.
“I believe in a clean sport. I do not use supplements that are banned. I have clearly and repeatedly refuted allegations directed against me and the Oregon Project. I believe in a clean sport and a methodical, dedicated approach to training. The Oregon Project will never permit doping and all Oregon Project athletes are required to comply with the Wada Code and IAAF rules. L-carnitine is a widely available, legal nutritional supplement that is not banned by Wada. Any use of L-carnitine was done so within Wada guidelines,” said trainer Salazar.
Mo Farah was born in Somalia but his father was employed in the United Kingdom. At the age of 8, Mo was separated from his twin brother as he accompanied the rest of his family to the UK. Farah is a devoted Muslim and a fan of the Gunners.
Since 1999, the Somalian-born athlete has achieved great heights, winning and retaining World championships at will. He has undoubtedly transformed into the world’s best long distance runner of all time.
A drug allegation was the least of Farah’s concerns as he’s been clean and careful in his 17 year career as an athlete.
“I’m unclear as to the Sunday Times’ motivations towards me,butIdo understand that using my name and profile makes the story more interesting. But it is entirely unfair to make assertions when it is clear from their own statements that I’ve done nothing wrong. We all should do everything we can to have a clean sport and it is entirely right that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished. However, this should be done through proper process and if USADA or any other anti-doping body has evidence of wrongdoing they should publish it and take action rather than allow the media to be judge and jury,” said Farah saddened by the allegations.
Mo Farah stamped his dominance at the 2012 Olympics, winning the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre race with absolute ease. He repeated the same at Rio and was crowned as the best in the world. Farah holds the records for a total of five world championship wins.
Just this week, Farah insisted that Saturday’s Birmingham grand Prix will be the last race of his indoor athletic career. Furthermore, this year will mark the final year of his outdoor athletic career as well.
“2017 will be my last track year. I love what I do, I enjoy it, but, as I’m away so much, I really do miss my kids. I am away six months of the year,” said Farah who wants to spend more time with his family.
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