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IAAF Cleared Mo Farah After Doping Fear

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah was apparently suspected of doping on one occasion by an expert enlisted by the world governing body of athletics after his biological passport flagged up unusual results.

Farah is the most successful British track athlete in the history of modern Olympic Games history. The British distance runner is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters.

The latest leak from the Russian hackers Fancy Bears has revealed that International Association of Athletics Federations was later satisfied that Farah was running clean after further testing. In 2009, the athlete biological passport (ABP) was introduced by the world governing body of athletics. It is a next-generation test that analyzes results over a period of time for the effects rather than presence of drugs.

The latest Fancy Bears leak disclosed a possible email from Pierre-Yves Garnier, a senior doctor in anti-doping department of the IAAF, to Kyle Barber, an IAAF out-of-competition testing coordinator and Thomas Capdevielle, a senior anti-doping manager at the organization.

Mo Farah was listed in two spreadsheets attached to the email that appears to list a number of names of athletes next to their athlete biological passport results. In one file, there was mention of words: likely doping, passport suspicious: further data is required beside Farah's name. This assessment was apparently based on the results of testing over an extended period of time with the last test having been done on 23 November, 2015. A second database, which was attached to an email of April 2016, however disclosed now flagged as normal with the last sample.

Mo Farah has always vehemently denied making the use of performance enhancing drugs. A spokesperson for Farah said it has been widely reported that previous leaks from this organization have included false or altered documents, and we have asked the IAAF to urgently look into the validity. The spokesperson also commented that any suggestion of misconduct regardless is entirely false and seriously misleading. It was also remarked that Mo Farah has been subject to many blood tests during his career and has never failed a single one and that we have never been informed of any of test results of Farah being outside of the legal parameters set by the relevant authorities, nor has Mo ever been contacted by the IAAF about any individual result. The spokesperson for Farah also said it is totally incorrect and defamatory to suggest otherwise, and we will pursue any claims to the contrary through all necessary legal routes.

In the past, a leaked interim report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency was put into the public domain. It was suggested by the report that Alberto Salazar, Farah’s coach since 2011, is under investigation by USADA. The report also disclosed that Salazar had committed “unlawful” behavior by rubbing a gel containing the banned substance on his sons; it was also revealed that Salazar had failed to establish a valid reason for possessing Testosterone. The leaked report also raised “suspicions and concerns” about the practice of Salazar of fiving massages to Galen Rupp, Farah’s training partner, massages before big races, despite Nike employing massage therapists.

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