MO Farah, a Great Britain runner, appears to be in trouble. The athlete missed two drugs tests before he went on to become a double gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics, Daily Mail, a British newspaper has claimed.
According to the newspaper, Farah’s first missed test appears to have been in early 2010, months before he joined Alberto Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project. The second one was at Farah’s home in February 2011, when he claimed not to have heard the doorbell.
Salazar, was accused of doping Galen Rupp in 2002, but denied the claim.
Allegations Salazar practised doping techniques on Rupp, a United States runner were made in a BBC documentary called ‘Catch Me If You Can’, produced by Panorama and the US investigative journalism specialists ProPublica.
Rupp has denied allegations in the programme that he was given the banned anabolic steroid testosterone by Salazar as a 16-year-old.
The documentary made no suggestion that middle distance runner Farah, 32, has been involved in doping.
Farah announced he was joining Salazar in early 2011.
His gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 were among the defining moments of the Games.
At the time, UK anti-doping, Ukad, rules stated that an athlete who missed three tests in any 18-month period could face up to a two-year ban.
That meant Farah could have been ruled out of his home Olympics with one more breach of the rules. Nine UK athletes missed two tests in the same year.
The rules have since been amended and today athletes who miss three tests in a 12-month period can be banned for four years.
— Jun 29, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT