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Farah- No more talk on Salazar

British double Olympics and world champion, Mo Farah at a previous press conference. PHOTO/File
British double Olympics and world champion, Mo Farah at a previous press conference. PHOTO/File

LONDON, July 23- Mo Farah insisted Thursday he had said all he possibly could regarding doping allegations levelled against his coach, Alberto Salazar.

British track star Farah, the reigning Olympic and world champion over both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, has faced intense media scrutiny after allegations that Salazar administered testosterone to American distance runner Galen Rupp in 2002 when Rupp — a training partner of Farah — was only 16, and encouraged misuse of prescription drugs.

There is no suggestion however that Farah has violated anti-doping rules, although he came under pressure after it emerged he missed two drug tests in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Salazar, who has worked with Farah since 2011, issued a statement of more than 11,000 words denying the allegations.

Farah, asked by ITV’s Good Morning Britain if he had “put all that to one side” regarding drug allegations surrounding his coach, said: “For sure, yes.”

He added: “It’s not a nice thing but at the same time, I answered everything that I can and it’s not in my control, it’s nothing to do (with me).

“But at the same time I’ve answered everything. At the minute I just want to carry on running, enjoy what I do and — do you know what drives me everyday?

“Spending time with these kids, giving something back to the community, to the kids and taking part in competitions.”

Farah will compete in the 3,000 metres in the Anniversary Games in London on Friday ahead of the World Championships in Beijing in August.

The Diamond League meeting takes place at London’s Olympic Stadium, where the 32-year-old Farah enjoyed double gold three years ago.

Farah, who is set to compete next month, said: “I’m very excited to be able to go back in that stadium and compete again, in front of my home crowd.”