Mo Farah has released a statement in response to the allegations that he missed two drug tests in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics, where he won two gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m.
The Daily Mail reported that Farah missed a drug test in early 2010, before he began his coaching partnership with Alberto Salazar – the man at the centre of doping allegations that were revealed in a BBC Panorama programme two weeks ago.
They also allege that Farah missed a second drug test in February 2011 at his London home, when it was claimed that Farah didn’t hear the doorbell because he was on the top floor of his three-storey house.
Farah has responded to the reports, which came out on Thursday, with a statement in which he stresses that he has never taken performance enhancing drugs and that the current allegations and media pressure is “extremely painful” on his wife Tania Nell, who is currently pregnant with the couples fourth child.
Farah’s statement read: "I have never taken performance enhancing drugs in my life and I never will. Over the course of my career I have taken hundreds of drugs tests and every single one has been negative. I’ve fully explained the only two tests in my career that I have ever missed, which the authorities understood, and there was never any suggestion that these were anything more than simple mistakes.
“The last two weeks have been the toughest of my life – with rumours and speculation about me that are completely false – and the impact this has had on my family and friends has left me angry, frustrated and upset. In particular, the media pressure on my young family and my wife, who is 5 months pregnant, is extremely painful, especially as I’m away training for some important races.
“As I made clear, I went to Portland to speak to Alberto Salazar and demand answers. He reassured me that the claims are false and that he will soon be providing evidence to make that clear. Until then I will not be commenting further on the allegations.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans, family, friends and teammates for all the great support they have provided over the last few days and hope that I will now be allowed to focus on my training and winning medals for my country."Reuse content