Rupp: The truth will prevail

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Mo Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp insists he is “100 per cent” behind coach Alberto Salazar following doping allegations.

Rupp, who won silver behind Farah in the 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympics, said he believed in “clean sport”.

“I think the truth will prevail. I stand behind him [Salazar] 100 per cent,” Rupp said in quotes on NBC Sports’ website. “I believe in clean sport.”

Rupp has never failed a drugs test but according to allegations by BBC Panorama and US investigative website ProPublica, Salazar violated several anti-doping rules and used testosterone medication on a 16-year-old Rupp in 2002.

Salazar issued a lengthy rebuttal of almost 12,000 words denying the claims, including by US distance runner Kara Goucher that in 2011 Salazar recommended she take the thyroid medication Cytomel in order to lose weight.

In his response, Salazar insisted he had never criticised Goucher’s weight and that Goucher’s own endocrinologist had directed him to give her Cytomel.

Goucher responded on Friday saying she had and her husband Adam had approached the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2013 with their concerns.

She said on Twitter: “Unfortunately, Alberto’s false statements and one-sided, partial stories don’t tell the truth. Adam and I went to USADA in February 2013 when we had concerns about what we had experienced at the Oregon Project.”

USADA is reportedly still investigating the case.

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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