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Mo in the clear? UK Athletics says no evidence of wrongdoing

Following an investigation into its star athlete after allegations of doping swirled around his coach, Alberto Salazar, UK Athletics has said it found no evidence of illegal practices on behalf of Mo Farah.

The governing body of the sport in Britain has said the investigation had not given “any reason to question the appropriateness of the input” given by Alberto Salazar, who has had an unpaid advisory role for many years with UK Athletics and was the subject of multiple allegations of using illegal methods in a recent BBC/ProPublica investigation.

Last month in Birmingham, JumpingTheGun asked Farah and UK performance director Neil Black about any possible concerns they had about Farah’s move to the Nike Oregon Project given it was widely reported that Salazar was coaching drug cheat Mary Slaney at the time of her positive test in 1996.

“We have a due diligence process with any athlete where they are looking at change,” said Black. “And that involves all the obvious things of appropriate conversations and explorations around the circumstances. So that came up as part of the circumstances. It involves visits. It involves ‘what’s the history?’ It involves ‘what are the aspirations and thoughts involved with the coach-angled group?’ It involves a passage of information and communications around that, and the same things happened around Mo’s move (to the Nike Oregon Project).’

Salazar has continued to deny all allegations of wrongdoing, and launched his own response last month, which can be read here.

The official statement from UKA said: With reference to the first and most vital objective of the review, the board can confirm that none of the extensive information supplied to the POG contained any evidence of impropriety on the part of Mo Farah, nor gave UK Athletics any reason to question the appropriateness of the input given by the Oregon Project to Mo Farah’s training regime.”

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
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