Tuesday 16 January 2018

New Fancy Bears leak says IAAF cleared Mo Farah after doping fear

Olympian Mo Farah. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Olympian Mo Farah. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Ben Bloom

Mo Farah was one of almost 50 athletes suspected of doping by the world governing body before he was later cleared in follow-up tests, according to documents leaked on Wednesday night.

A vast tranche of documents leaked by the Russian hacking group Fancy Bears shows Farah’s name among dozens of athletes flagged by the International Association of Athletics Federations for suspicious biological passports.

One document related to a doping test Farah gave on November 23, 2015, contains an entry next to it stating: “Likely doping; Passport suspicious: further data is required.”

However, a later document, dated April 2016, appears to clear Farah of any suspicion, stating that he is “now flagged as normal”.

An IAAF spokesman said they were trying to ascertain whether the documents were authentic, while Farah’s spokeswoman refuted any wrong-doing.

There is no evidence of wrong-doing but Farah's coach, Alberto Salazar, remains under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after a series of doping allegations.


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