International Athletics

Farah 'not leaving Salazar'

2015-06-06 15:48
Mo Farah (AP Photo)

Birmingham - Britain's Olympic and world champion Mo Farah said on Saturday he had no plans to end his relationship with coach Alberto Salazar, despite allegations the American had encouraged his athletes to use illegal substances.

"I'm not leaving Alberto, I've not seen any clear evidence," Farah, who did the double in the 5 000 and 10 000 metres at the 2012 Olympics, 2013 World Championships and last year's European Championships under Salazar's guidance, told a news conference in Birmingham, central England, on Saturday ahead of Sunday's Diamond League meeting in the city.

"I'm really annoyed at this situation, it's not fair and it's not right. I haven't done anything (wrong) and my name is being dragged through the mud."

A BBC documentary, broadcast on Wednesday, alleged Salazar, 56, had encouraged athletes including America's Olympic 10 000 metres silver medallist Galen Rupp, a training partner of Farah, to use illegal substances.

Farah, in an earlier interview with the BBC, said: "I have not taken any banned substances and Alberto has never suggested that I take a banned substance."

Both Salazar and Rupp have insisted they are innocent of the allegations, while Farah himself has not been accused of wrongdoing by the BBC.

Salazar, a three-time winner of the New York Marathon, has worked with Rupp since the American was a teenager and has coached Farah since 2011.

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