British runner missed two drug tests before London Games, claims report jeopardising his two golds
London: Double Olympic champion Mo Farah missed two drugs tests in the build up to the 2012 Games, it has
been reported. The Daily Mail claimed Farah, who won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in London, missed his first test early in 2010 with another the following year. A third missed appointment could have resulted in a four-year ban.
The 32-year-old is currently in the spotlight in the wake of doping allegations made by the BBC’s Panorama programme against his coach Alberto Salazar and training partner Galen Rupp. Both men have denied the claims.
The first missed test took place before Farah was working with Salazar with the second allegedly being in February 2011, after the double world champion became part of the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, according to the Daily Mail. Farah claimed he did not hear the doorbell when missing his second test and that his agent Ricky Simms submitted video evidence to back up that defence, the newspaper reported. Salazar is then quoted as telling Farah in May 2011: “If you miss another test, they will hang you.”
The report then publishes
e-mails apparently exchanged between UK Anti-Doping’s lawyers and Farah’s representatives in which the lawyers say: “Intent and negligence are not the same thing, though, as I am sure you have advised him.
“The simple fact with this Missed Test is that your client says that he did not intend to miss the test, but it is clearly his own fault that he did.”
Farah announced on Wednesday he would return to the track for the first time since the doping allegations against Salazar emerged at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 17. He pulled out of the Sainsbury’s Birmingham GP earlier this month, stating he was “physically and emotionally drained” by the affair. Rather than racing in Birmingham, he jetted back to his Portland home to seek answers from Salazar. On Wednesday he was back on the other side of the Atlantic, posting on Twitter a picture of himself training in France.
London: UK Anti-Doping’s chief has admitted it is “not common” for an athlete to have two missed tests after it was revealed that double Olympic champion Mo Farah was one missed appointment away from a possible lengthy ban.
Under the ‘whereabouts’ system, athletes have to register where they will be for a specific hour every day so that testers can be sure of their location. If they are not where they say they will be three times in the space of a year then it is judged as a doping offence.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief executive Nicole Sapstead would not discuss individual cases or reveal how many athletes were on two strikes but said: “It is not common for athletes to have two missed tests.”