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Farahs criticise school sport cuts

Mo Farah and his wife Tania during a photocall to launch the Mo Farah Foundation in 2011 Photo: Picture by: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and his wife Tania have criticised the Government over school sport funding cuts and called on the coalition to protect the legacy of the Games.

Mrs Farah, who is helping her husband set up the Mo Farah Foundation, said the cuts, six months after London 2012, were a "huge shame" and "counterproductive".

She criticised cuts to sport at grassroots levels, and said more should be done for sport in state schools, particularly at primary level.

Speaking to the Observer, Mrs Farah said: "Having both come from a school where PE at grassroots level was widely accessible, taught and encouraged, Mo and I are acutely aware of the impact such a positive system can have on the younger generation.

Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates with his wife Tania and daughter Rihanna after winning the Men's 10,000m Final at the Olympic Stadium Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was this particular system, along with the 'eye for talent' and useful knowledge from teachers such as Alan Watkinson (Mo Farah's former coach) that opened up the path of success for Mo.

It is therefore a huge shame that six months on from the Olympics, which inspired the next generation of potential Olympic champions, there are to be budget cuts in primary PE and school sports partnerships.

Not only should sport for youngsters be encouraged and practised on a regular basis for health reasons, but is is also at these early stages that gifted youngsters are 'discovered' and nurtured - Mo being a leading example of this."

– Tania Farah, Mo Farah Foundation