UKA promises focused Salazar review

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Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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UK Athletics has outlined details of its ongoing review into the recent doping allegations surrounding Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar.

A deadline of early August has been put in place for an appointed three-person committee to report its findings.

The review was commissioned last week in response to allegations in a BBC Panorama documentary, which accused Salazar of being involved in administering banned substances to his athlete Galen Rupp, silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics behind Farah in the 10,000 metres, when the American was only 16 years of age.

Both Salazar and Rupp have denied those claims. There are no suggestions double Olympic champion Farah has broken any rules.

UKA’s board announced immediate plans to put in place a group to undertake a ” focused review of the performance management system surrounding Mo Farah and the endurance programme”.

American Salazar, who coaches Farah in the United States, is head coach at the prestigious Nike Oregon Project in Portland and an ”unpaid consultant” for UKA.

In a statement on Friday, UKA confirmed the committee consists of former sprinter Jason Gardener, ex-marathon runner Dr Sarah Rowell and British Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike, who have already begun work on their review and will aim to conclude their investigation no later than the first week of August.

The statement added: “The committee’s terms of reference are specific to the Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar and their relationship with Mo Farah and the UKA endurance programme.”

The committee has been specifically tasked with establishing “whether our organisation’s confidence in the Oregon Project is well founded in regard to Mo Farah’s training programme” as well as whether UKA’s ” confidence in the Oregon Project is well founded in regard to UKA’s overall endurance programme”.

The group has also been given permission to talk to any potential relevant witnesses and external independent experts, while attempting to establish the nature of Salazar’s role as a UKA consultant.

“The committee should verify that UKA has exclusive responsibility for Mo Farah’s medical and nutritional interventions,” the UKA statement added.

Ed Warner, chair of UKA said: “This review is a serious response to the questions raised in recent days.

“It demonstrates to all athletics fans the importance we place on ensuring that the high performance system around Mo Farah by British Athletics is robust and of the utmost integrity.

“We are taking nothing for granted however, and our independent directors are charged with conducting a rigorous review of that system in a timely manner.”

Farah has said he intends to stand by his coach , and on Thursday night posted a message on his official Facebook page saying he was “feeling much more upbeat” after pulling out of last Sunday’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham citing physical and emotional exhaustion.

Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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