Mo Farah has today spoken for the first time about the recent allegations concerning the violation of anti-doping rules by his coach Alberto Salazar.
Although Farah has not been accused of any wrongdoing himself, his close association to Salazar has caused the double olympic champion's name to be the source of much negative speculation, something which Farah has been keen to appease.
Following reports of recent missed drugs tests Farah has move to quash rumours by releasing the a statement on his official Facebook page.
It read: "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. In particular, the media pressure on my young family and my wife, who is five-months pregnant, is extremely painful, especially as I'm away training for some important races."
"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.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans, family, friends and teammates for all the great support they have provided over the last few days and hope that I will now be allowed to focus on my training and winning medals for my country."
This statement comes after many papers yesterday ran stories about Farah missing two drugs tests in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic games, where he went on to become the 5,000m and 10,000m olympic champion.
The speculation began when the BBC launched an investigation into doping allegations within athletics, which was revealed during a Panorama special earlier this month.
In the show, Salazar was accused of encouraging the use of doping to his athletes including Farah's training partner, Galen Rupp. Both Salazar and Rupp deny any wrongdoing despite claims that they were involved in an doping incident together in 2002.
Lack of evidence
Like all of Salazar's other athletes, Farah notes that he has never failed a single test, but as seen from the revelations surrounding Lance Armstrong, by no means will that fact spare him from any future speculation.
Ultimately the BBC couldn't produce enough sufficient evidence to prove their claims, however, the damage has already been done.
From hereon in Farah will face intense media scrutinisation. Ahead of this year's athletics World Championships in Beijing Farah no doubt has many more tricky questions to answer.
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