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Coach has never tried to make me dope, says Mo Farah

By Phil Blanche

Nike have stressed that Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar refutes the doping allegations made against him. Salazar, one of the world’s most successful coaches and head coach at the prestigious Nike Oregon Project, was accused in a BBC investigation of violating anti-doping rules through the use of banned steroids such as testosterone and unethical practices.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) director general David Howman said there may be sufficient evidence for his organisation to investigate Salazar over drug allegations and confirmed they were seeking the full footage of the BBC programme.

The Panorama documentary on Wednesday night alleged that Salazar was involved in doping his athlete Galen Rupp, silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics behind Farah in the 10,000 metres, when the American was only 16 years of age.

Neither Salazar nor Rupp appeared in the programme but both men protested their innocence in statements and now Nike have commented.

“We take the allegations very seriously as Nike do not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs in any manner,” said the Nike statement. “Both Alberto and Galen have made their perspectives clear and fully refute the allegations.”

There is no suggestion that British athlete Farah has broken any rules and the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion said: “I have not taken any banned substances and Alberto has never suggested that I take a banned substance.

“From my experience, Alberto and the Oregon Project have always followed WADA rules and if there is ever a question they seek guidance from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) to ensure they are correctly interpreting WADA’s rules.’’

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