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Mo in support of four-year ban for ex-coach Salazar

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah says he has "no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses the line" after his former coach Alberto Salazar was given a four-year ban for doping violations.

The 36-year-old British athlete worked with Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) from 2011 until 2017.

The American coach, 61, was sanctioned along with endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown for "orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct" while working with the NOP, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said.

Farah, who won four Olympic gold medals at 5,000m and 10,000m during the time he worked at the NOP, released a statement yesterday.

"I'm relieved that USADA has, after four years, completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar," he said. "I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but as I've always said, I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line. A ruling has been made and I'm glad there has finally been a conclusion."

There has never been any suggestion or allegation of wrongdoing made against Farah, who it is understood learned of the ban for Salazar when it was made public yesterday morning.

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