British Athletics to investigate Mo Farah

Mo Farah’s medical data will be scoured for evidence of doping, the chairman of British Athletics Ed Warner has announced.
 Warner also added that British Athletics could suspend its relationship with Alberto Salazar.

“What we can look at is all the data surrounding our own athlete, Mo Farah: blood data, supplements data – everything surrounding his medical treatment,” Warner told Radio 4’s Today programme.

“We’re in charge of that. We run that from the UK, through Neil Black, our performance director, Barry Fudge, who’s our endurance expert.

“We need to make sure there’s nothing else there we haven’t seen, we’re not aware of, hasn’t been analysed.”

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Prominent athletics coach Salazar and US Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp were both accused of having violated anti-doping rules by a BBC documentary which aired this week.

Salazar said on Wednesday that the BBC and U.S. website ProPublica had engaged in “inaccurate and unfounded journalism”.

Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at London 2012, was not accused of any wrongdoing.

                      A picture taken on September 4, 2011 shows US coach Alberto Salazar (C) hugging US athlete Bernard Lagat (R) and …

“It may well be that the outcome of our own investigation says there’s nothing untoward going on as far as we can uncover in any way, shape or form around British Athletics and a British athlete,” added Warner.

“If, subsequently, the coach himself is proven to be guilty of doping offences, then there’s a second stage there and a decision would need to be taken.

“Now, one of the possible outcomes of all of this is, even though – and I’m sure that’s probably going to be the case – there’s nothing untoward proven around Mo Farah and British Athletics, we might still recommend to Mo and might still decide ourselves to suspend our relationship because of the reputational damage that could be caused.

                                                                     Great Britain’s Mo Farah during a press conference

“It’s going to take time, but not a lot of time, I hope. I would think weeks, not months.

“I’ve been very vocal in saying, ‘These things must be conducted more swiftly’. Because fans turning up at events watching athletes and they need to watch a sport with integrity.

“We need to make sure, going right back to our own review, that absolutely everything that is done in British Athletics, with that project, with our athletes, is on the right side of the line.

“I believe it is but I want independent evidence of that.”

Credit: Eurosports