UK Athletics says they are 'not concerned' about Mo Farah dope coach

Farah(R) with Salazar(C) and Galen Rupp

Following serious allegations of doping levelled against Alberto Salazar, who coaches elite British athlete and Olympic champion Mo Farah and other athletes who are part of the Nike Oregon Project, UK Athletics have said they are “not concerned” about Farah’s relationship with his coach.

The investigation alleges that Salazar was involved in doping with several of the athletes he trained, including U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp, having thyroid medication and testosterone prescribed to them to increase performance levels while circumventing anti-doping regulation.

Farah, when questioned, dneied that Salazar, himself an iconic marathoner, had ever recommended or suggested to him that he use performance enhancing drugs. There was no indication of any kind that Farah himself had been involved in any sort of doping or substance use.

In a documentary by the BBC, those interviewed, several of whom were part of Salazar’s staff, allege that Salazar had been doping Rupp since the young American 10,000m record holder was a 16-year-old high school student. USADA has not commented on the allegations or investigations, which is protocol for the agency.

Although several athletes trained by Salazar, in addition to his staff, aver that they were either asked to dope or had seen documents proving Salazar’s guilt, Rupp and Salazar deny all wrongdoing.

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