Mo Farah will find himself under pressure today as he prepares to respond over the Panorama investigation that this week made doping allegations about his coach, Alberto Salazar, and his training partner, Galen Rupp.
Farah is in the spotlight after Rupp was accused of taking testosterone since the age of 16, while claims have also been made with regard to doping practices by Salazar at Oregon Project, where Farah is based.
Both coach and athlete have denied wrongdoing but the allegations against those closest to Britain’s leading athlete will not go away as he prepares to race at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham tomorrow.
Yesterday, world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe, who was outspoken against doping throughout her career, admitted Farah was in a precarious position. “I’d certainly never be linked to or train with anybody I’ve known has suspicions about them,” she said.
However, Farah is not the only one in the spotlight, with UK Athletics facing questions about its approach. Bar an initial statement in the wake of the programme, the body has been tight-lipped over Salazar, who also acts as a consultant to Britain’s endurance athletes, admittedly unpaid by UKA.
Radcliffe claimed the UKA would need to look into its position, while British sprinter Richard Kilty, the world and European indoor 100m champion, said it should probably now sever ties with Salazar. “That’s down to those guys to decide what they want to do, but maybe that would be the right thing,” Kilty said.Reuse content