LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 27 – Mo Farah has revealed he would like to work as a fitness coach at his beloved Arsenal once he has hung up his spikes.
There is little indication yet that Farah’s career is coming to an end after years of success as a leading long-distance runner, but that hasn’t stopped the four-time Olympic champion from training his sights on life away from the track.
Team GB’s golden boy completed an historic double-double at the Rio Games with the 33-year-old defending both his 5,000 metres and 10,000m titles.
Farah has a good relationship with his favourite club and has been seen at the training ground
But collecting gold medals is not the only thing that interests the man born in Mogadishu, Somalia with Farah divulging his devotion to Arsenal once more.
“One thing I really love is football and I have a good relationship with Arsenal,” Farah told The Sunday Times Magazine. “I started supporting them when I first came to Britain as a kid.
“I liked the way they played. They also had a lot of players from African backgrounds. One day, I’d love to be able to work for them, maybe as a fitness coach.
“I’m a big believer in what the body’s capable of with proper training.”
Getting the best out of his training was indeed what led to Farah moving his wife and four children from London to Portland in the USA back in 2011.
The 33-year-old believes his African background can greatly benefit the Gunners in training
Farah began supporting Arsenal when he first moved to England as an eight-year-old
The man renowned for his quick sprint finish has worked alongside coach Alberto Salazar since his move to the States, and the athlete is fully aware that he now has to tailor his training due to his age.
Farah admits that it takes his body longer to recover from sessions, and while he believes competing at Tokyo 2020 is a realistic target, he is solely focused on next year’s World Championships on home soil.
He added: “The passion’s still there, but there will be a day when I wake up and think: ‘I can’t do this any more, I’m not as hungry as I was, I don’t enjoy it as much.’ That’s the day I know I’ll need to hang my spikes up.”