Mo Farah has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding coach Alberto Salazar and denied he has ever taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Hounslow’s double Olympic gold medallist insisted he had nothing to hide following newspaper revelations of two missed drugs tests, in 2010 and 2011, which he said were “simple mistakes”.
He also said he had been personally reassured by Salazar that allegations the coach had doped Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp were false. Both men have strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Farah said: “I have never taken performance enhancing drugs in my life and I never will.
“Over the course of my career I have taken hundreds of drugs tests and every single one has been negative.
“I’ve fully explained the only two tests in my career that I have ever missed, which the authorities understood, and there was never any suggestion that these were anything more than simple mistakes.
“The last two weeks have been the toughest of my life – with rumours and speculation about me that are completely false – and the impact this has had on my family and friends has left me angry, frustrated and upset.
“As I made clear, I went to Portland to speak to Alberto Salazar and demand answers. He reassured me that the claims are false and that he will soon be providing evidence to make that clear.
“Until then I will not be commenting further on the allegations.”