Olympic Runner Mo Farrah Denies Doping After Leaked Report

by Jared Lewis March 1, 2017, 0:10
Olympic Runner Mo Farrah Denies Doping After Leaked Report

Sir Mo, who won 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said in a statement on his Facebook page that he has "never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages".

The leaked interim report, passed to the Sunday Times by suspected Russian hacking group Fancy Bears, also claims Salazar made use of a legal supplement called L-carnitine in a way that may have breached doping rules.

Clinical research has shown that L-carnitine, the amino acid Salazar is accused of giving his athletes, increases helps to reduce heart rates and increase running speed and endurance levels.

Farah did not mention L-carnitine infusions, but the USADA report indicated he had one just before his marathon debut in 2014. "We have tested it and it's unbelievable", Salazar told the cyclist, according to the Sunday Times.

However, USADA said Saturday that no conclusion had been reached.

After retiring from competing himself, he moved into the world of coaching and is the head coach of the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, Oregon.

Previously it had been reported that Alberto Salazar was so excited about the performance enhancing findings of l-carnitine injections that he wrote Lance Armstrong in glee.

USADA's report includes a December 2011 email from then-NOP coach Steve Magness to Salazar, writing that a treadmill test after an experimental L-carnitine infusion in excess of the 50ml limit had shown an "almost unbelievable" improvement in Magness's performance.

"As I've said many times before, 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", Farah added.

"The leaking of information and the litigation of false allegations in the press is disturbing, desperate and a denial of due process".

Salazar and Farah deny they have ever broken anti-doping rules.

Farah told the Sunday Times two years ago that he had tried a legal energy drink containing L-carnitine but derived no benefit and did continue any use. "It is grossly unfair and reckless to state, infer or imply differently".

Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah's coach, has refuted claims that he has broken anti-doping rules and stressed that he believes in "clean sport". He (Farah) had a medical condition that Salazar was unaware of which meant, according to Rogers, he should not have been prescribed vitamin D in such high doses or the calcitonin.

The USADA report also accuses Salazar of looking to impede its investigation, the newspaper claims.

In 2015, Salazar was the subject of a ProPublica and BBC report alleging he administered testosterone to American distance runner Galen Rupp in 2002 when Rupp - a training partner of Farah - was only 16, and encouraged misuse of prescription drugs.

UK Athletics, speaking on behalf of the doctor who administered the infusion, said in a statement to the Sunday Times: "To our knowledge, all doses administered and methods of administration have been fully in accordance with WADA (World Anti-doping Agency) approved protocol and guidelines".


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