Farah denies doping, says missed tests 'simple mistakes'

Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:12am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and said rumors and speculation over his career after the revelation that he missed two drugs tests "are completely false".

The 32-year-old has been under the spotlight since his coach Alberto Salazar was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary earlier this month.

This week Britain's Daily Mail reported that Farah had missed two out-of-competition doping tests in 2010 and 2011.

At the time, the rules meant that a third missed test within an 18-month period (now reduced to 12) would almost certainly have resulted in a ban that would have probably ruled him out of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metes.

"I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs in my life and I never will," Farah said in a statement published on his Facebook page on Friday.

"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."

American Salazar, who has worked as a consultant for British Athletics since 2013, has denied the allegations, saying the BBC and U.S. website ProPublica had engaged in "inaccurate and unfounded journalism".

Farah, who was not accused of any wrongdoing in the BBC documentary, withdrew from a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham earlier this month after expressing anger over the allegations made about Salazar.   Continued...

Mo Farah of Britain reacts after finishing in eighth position in the men's Elite London Marathon April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh