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Alberto Salazar saga sees British Athletics’ Neil Black consider role

BRITISH Athletics performance director Neil Black has admitted he will consider his future in the wake of Alberto Salazar’s four-year ban.

Salazar, four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah’s former coach, was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) last week for doping violations. He is appealing the verdict.

Usada began an investigation into the American in 2015 following a BBC Panorama programme.

At the time British Athletics reviewed whether Salazar should continue to coach Farah but concluded there was ‘no reason to be concerned’ and Black has described him as a genius.

Black (pictured) yesterday flew back from a world championships which saw his team win five medals, short of their target of seven to nine — their worst showing at the event since 2005 — and will study Usada’s report before making any decisions on his own future.

He said: ‘I’ll be reviewing all the information, the board are reviewing all the information.

‘We will go through it in detail and that’s the point I personally will begin to think about my understanding of it, the implications and how I feel about it. It’s not something I’ve put any time into at this stage. My initial reaction was one of shock and I still feel a little bit like that.’

Black has no doubts over Farah, who worked with Salazar for six years until 2017 and runs in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

‘Nothing at all has changed in terms of my belief regarding Mo Farah,’ he added.