Mo Farah 'happy to be tested anytime'

Allegations have been raised against Mo Farah's coach regarding suspected anti-doping violations

BY Sinéad Farrell 12:05 Sunday 5 March 2017, 12:05 5 Mar 2017

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Mo Farah has insisted that he welcomes 'any request' to be drug-tested, after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suggested he should be checked for banned substances.

The request comes in the light of allegations of doping offences against Farah's coach Alberto Salazar, which are contained in a USADA report.

The report claims that Salazar provided athletes with legal prescription drugs without a medical reason at his Nike Oregon Project (NOP) running camp. It emerged yesterday that USADA investigators believe they have enough evidence to retest the samples of athletes at the NOP. 

Multi-Olympic champion Mo Farah has been training at Salazar's training camp since 2010, and USADA is believed to have asked its UK counterparts to retest Farah's blood sample. 

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Farah says he welcomes any such request.

"I'm not aware of any request. But as I've said many times, I'm happy to be tested anytime, anywhere and have any of my samples tested or retested now or at anytime in the future, by any official body."

The USADA report, which was originally published in the Sunday Times last weekend, also claims that Salazar and some of his athletes 'almost certainly' broke anti-doping rules in relation to a legal supplement L-carnitine.

L-carnitine is a substance that should only be taken in small doses.

Salazar has been under investigation by USADA since a BBC Panorama programme was aired in 2015.

Farah has reiterated his loyalty to his coach in the wake of the allegations, stating that he has not seen sufficient evidence to suspect Salazar's methods.

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