MO FARAH says he has ‘no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses the line’ after his former coach Alberto Salazar was handed a four-year ban for doping violations.
Sakazar was sanctioned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency along with doctor Jeffrey Brown for ‘orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct’ while working with the Nike Oregon Project, where he coached Farah from 2011 to 2017.
There has been no suggestion of wrongdoing by 36-year-old Farah, who won four Olympic gold medals at 5,000metres and 10,000m while he was working with the American.
‘I’m relieved that Usada has, after four years, completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar,’ said the British runner.
‘I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but as I’ve always said, I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line.
‘A ruling has been made and I’m glad there has finally been a conclusion.’ It is understood he only learned of the ban for Salazar when it was made public yesterday morning.
Farah has always denied his decision to leave the Nike Oregon Project, in October 2017, was related to the doping claims.
Salazar, 61, who was working with several athletes at the world championships but has now had his credentials revoked, intends to appeal against his ban.