Track & Field

Mo backs Salazar but British Athletics review continues

Mo Farah has decided to back Alberto Salazar and will continue to work with the American coach and the Oregon Project.

“Following all the speculation I want to make it clear where I stand,” said Farah on Facebook. “Although it’s been a difficult time, I asked Alberto to respond to the allegations made against him and he has now done so in full.

“As someone I’ve worked with for many years, I feel I have to believe in Alberto and the evidence he has provided. Based on that evidence, I will continue to work with him and hope now that I can focus on what I do best – training hard to win medals for my country. Thanks.”

Alberto Salazar at the USA Track and Field Championships yesterday

Alberto Salazar at the USA Track and Field Championships yesterday

Alberto Salazar was at the USA Track and Field Championships to watch Galen Rupp win his 7th consecutive 10,000m title yesterday but remained tight-lipped following his open letter. Galen Rupp spoke afterwards that he had been talking to Mo Farah and that it was up to Mo if he wanted to stay in the group or not. “Yes, we’ve talked, for sure. I can’t speak for him, obviously, but I think we have had a great thing going and he’s had great success, and we know we do things the right way. But the rest is up to him.”

Rupp and Salazar after 7th title success. Image: PhotoRun

Rupp and Salazar after 7th title success. Image: PhotoRun

Farah is training in Font Romeu and has now made it clear he will be sticking with Salazar who has been integral from transforming him from an also run to the world’s best distance runner. He will race next over 5,000m at the Lausanne Diamond League on July 9th and follow up with a 1500m at the Monaco Diamond League on July 17th. He won’t race at the British Championships next weekend.

Meanwhile British Athletics have released a statement on Mo Farah’s decision and their review will be ongoing which should be completed in early August.

UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos said:

“British Athletics note and respect Mo Farah’s decision to continue his coaching relationship with Alberto Salazar. As is normal at this time of the year Mo is currently training at altitude under the guidance of British Athletics as he prepares for the August defence of his world titles in Beijing.

“As has always been the case, British Athletics will continue to take responsibility for all nutritional, medical and sport science elements of Mo Farah’s training regime.”

UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner said:

“Our independent review will continue and will report its findings and recommendations, as previously announced, in early August.”

Farah's statement on Facebook

Farah’s statement on Facebook

Number 1: Galen Rupp wins title number 7. Image: PhotoRun
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