Olympic, World and European gold medallist Mo Farah has broken his silence to state that his two missed drug tests prior to London 2012 are the only ones in his career, and reiterated that he has never used performance enhancing drugs.
Farah said that the failed tests in 2010 and 2011 were the result of “simple mistakes” and not due to anything more suspicious.
In a statement, Farah said:
I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs in my life and I never will. 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.
British distance runner Farah has been the subject of intense media focus in recent weeks after a BBC Panorama documentary accused his American coach, Alberto Salazar, of administering the banned steroid testosterone to his training partner Galen Rupp, along with a variety of other offences.
Both men deny the accusations and, although Farah has never been accused of any wrongdoing, he admits the focus on him and his family over the past fortnight has left him angry and upset.
The last two weeks have been the toughest of my life – with rumours and speculation about me that are completely false – and the impact this has had on my family and friends has left me angry, frustrated and upset. In particular, the media pressure on my young family and my wife, who is five months pregnant, is extremely painful, especially as I’m away training for some important races.
I went to Portland to speak to Alberto and demand answers. He reassured me that the claims are false and that he will soon be providing evidence to make that clear. Until then I will not be commenting further on the allegations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans, family, friends and team-mates for all the great support they have provided over the last few days and hope that I will now be allowed to focus on my training and winning medals for my country.
The 32-year-old plans to return to the track at the Monaco Diamond League meeting next month.