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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.


– Mo Farah