Mo Farah missed two drugs tests prior to London 2012 Olympic Games
Olympic hero Mo Farah came within one missed drugs test of being banned from the London 2012 Games after reportedly failing to take two tests the previous year.
Farah went on to win the 5,000m and 10,000m gold, but it has now emerged that he was at risk of not participating in the Games at all. The Daily Mail claims Somalia-born Farah missed his first drugs test in early 2010, before then failing to take a second test the following summer.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations state that any athlete who misses three tests in a 12-month period could be liable to face anything up to a two-year ban. The Mail claims that Farah appealed to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after his second missed test, which occurred at his then home in Teddington, London.
Farah is alleged to have claimed he did not hear the doorbell when testers arrived and his agent Ricky Simms submitted video evidence filmed inside the house in which he tried to show that the bell could not be heard from the bedroom.
The evidence was allegedly dismissed by UKAD lawyers.
Farah's coach Alberto Salazar, who is currently facing allegations of numerous doping offences, reportedly sent an email to the athlete after the second missed test warning "they will hang you" if Farah reached the limit of three missed tests.
WADA regulations state that athletes must give anti-doping authorities details of where they will be for one hour every day in case they are required for testing.
Farah's agent did not respond to the accusations.