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UK athletics respond to Mo Farah statement

UK Athletics will continue with their independent review. Credit: PA

UK Athletics have released a statement in response to Mo Farah's decision to stick by coach Alberto Salazar amid allegations that he broke anti-doping laws.

CEO Niels de Vos explained:

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 CEO Niels de Vos

Meanwhile, UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner said:

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

Mo Farah to stand by coach Alberto Salazar

Salazar (centre) pictured with Farah in 2012. Credit: PA

Mo Farah has issued a statement explaining that he will stand by underfire coach Alberto Salazar despite recent allegations that he broke anti-doping laws.

Farah demanded proof from Salazar, the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation earlier this month, that he was completely innocent.

In an open 1,200 word letter earlier this week, the 56 year-old coach denied all of the accusations in detail, and Farah responded by posting the following message on his official Facebook page today:

Following all the speculation I want to make it clear where I stand. 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

– Mo Farah

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Mo Farah set for comeback in Monaco on July 17th

Mo Farah has announced he will return to the track for the first time since the doping allegations against his coach at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 17.

Farah will race in Monaco next month. Credit: PA

The double Olympic champion pulled out of the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix earlier this month, stating he was "physically and emotionally drained" in the wake of allegations made by the BBC's Panorama programme against his coach Alberto Salazar and training partner Galen Rupp.

Both men have denied the claims, while Farah has not been accused of doing anything illegal.

Rather than racing in Birmingham, the 32-year-old 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.

He said: "Good to be out on the track in France today, getting ready for my next race in Monaco!! Focusing on my training!!!!"

Athlete Farah more upbeat after 'tough week'

British athlete Mo Farah says his mood has improved after what he admits was a tough few days.

Farah pulled out of a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham after his coach Alberto Salazar was accused of being involved in doping.

Mo Farah missed a meeting in Birmingham on Sunday. Credit: PA

"I mentioned at the weekend that the past week has been tough for me, but having spent a few days with my family and having time to reflect, I am feeling much more upbeat," Farah posted on Facebook.

"However, I do realise that at the weekend I disappointed a lot of people by pulling out of the race and I wanted to apologise again to you all and say a massive thanks for your on-going support. Hope to see you soon!!"

Farah coach Salazar denies doping allegations

Galen Rupp, Alberto Salazar and Mo Farah have all been caught up in the scandal. Credit: PA

Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar claims those accusing him of doping are 'knowingly making false statements'.

The BBC and US website ProPublica released material last week claiming Salazar had given Farah's training partner Galen Rupp banned anabolic steroid testosterone.

Salazar vigorously denied all of the allegations in a statement:

I have said all along that I believe in a clean sport, hard work and I deny all allegations of doping. The BBC and ProPublica have engaged in inaccurate and unfounded journalism, with a complete lack of regard for both Galen and Mo.

Given the time and effort the BBC and ProPublica committed to making these false allegations I hope that media and fans will afford me a short time to show the accusers are knowingly making false statements.

I will document and present the facts as quickly as I can so that Galen and Mo can focus on doing what they love and have worked so hard to achieve.

– Alberto Salazar
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