Salazar investigation to continue with questioning of British Athletics staff

Usada to speak to senior figures this week after speaking to Mo Farah about coach

Mo Farah was questioned by a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigator on Saturday over the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar. Photograph: Barry Coombs/PA Wire.

Mo Farah was questioned by a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigator on Saturday over the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar. Photograph: Barry Coombs/PA Wire.

 
Alberto Salazar

Among those who are expected to be interviewed are British Athletics performance director Neil Black and the organisation’s head of endurance, Barry Fudge, both of whom worked closely with Salazar since Farah joined the Nike Oregon Project in the autumn of 2010.

Salazar was accused in a BBC Panorama documentary last month of a series of doping violations – including giving Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp the banned steroid testosterone as a 16-year-old – but issued a forceful 12,000-word riposte denying all charges. There are no suggestions Farah has committed any wrongdoing.

In a pre-arranged meeting at London’s Grange Tower Bridge hotel, Farah told the Usada investigator Bill Bock, who helped bring down Lance Armstrong, he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs.

Split

A source close to Farah said: “Mo has got nothing to hide and he has always been happy to talk to Usada. The meeting was arranged several weeks ago.” It is understood Usada officials were happy to accommodate Farah’s request to speak to them before he flew to his training camp in Font Romeu on Saturday, where he will put the finishing touches to his preparations for the world championships in Beijing next month.

Another source close to the investigation said Farah was “just one of many in British Athletics who would be talking to Usada over the coming days”, and those figures will almost certainly include Black and Fudge. There is no suggestion either man has done anything wrong and they have always been open about the regard they hold for Salazar.

British Athletics refused to comment directly on the news Usada will be speaking to its staff but a spokeswoman said its independent review into its relationship with Salazar would be reporting its findings and recommendations in August. – (Guardian Service)

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