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UK Athletics probes Farah’s medical records

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Mo Farah's medical data will be analysed in an independent investigation ordered by the governing body of British athletics in light of the doping claims against the double Olympic champion's American coach.

Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said yesterday that the investigation would look at "blood data, supplements data - everything surrounding his medical treatment.

"We need to make sure there's nothing else there we haven't seen, we're not aware of," Warner told BBC radio.

In a story by American investigative journalism group ProPublica and British broadcaster the BBC, published last week, long-distance running coach Alberto Salazar was accused of using doping practices for his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project.

Farah, the world and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000-metre champion, is Salazar's star athlete. Although there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Farah, he is concerned about the damage to his reputation and withdrew from the Diamond League event in Birmingham on Sunday so he could return to the United States and "seek answers to my questions".

Salazar has denied any wrongdoing.

"It may well be that the outcome of our own investigation says there's nothing untoward going on as far as we can uncover in any way, shape, or form around British athletics and a British athlete," Warner said.

"One of the possible outcomes of all of this is, even though - and I'm sure that's probably going to be the case - there's nothing untoward proven around Mo Farah and British Athletics, we might still recommend to Mo and might still decide ourselves to suspend our relationship (with Salazar) because of the reputational damage that could be caused. It's going to take time, but not a lot of time, I hope. I would think weeks, not months."

Salazar is an endurance consultant to UK Athletics.

Salazar was accused by his former assistant, Steve Magness, of violating anti-doping rules and encouraging doping by one of his top runners, Galen Rupp. Rupp won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the London Olympics in 2012, finishing behind Farah. Rupp also denies any wrongdoing.