October 1, 2019 / 9:56 AM / 18 days ago

Farah says he has no tolerance for rule breakers

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - London Marathon Preview Press Conference - The Tower Hotel, London, Britain - April 24, 2019 Great Britain's Mo Farah during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - British Olympic champion Mo Farah said on Tuesday he had no tolerance for anyone who broke the rules after his former coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Salazar’s punishment was for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), a camp designed primarily to develop U.S. endurance athletes.

“I’m relieved USADA has completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar. I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line,” said Farah in a statement to Sky Sports News.

“A ruling has been made and I’m glad there has finally been a conclusion.”

Salazar stopped coaching Farah, double Olympic champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 metres, in 2017 when the runner decided to move back to England. The Briton said at the time that the doping investigation was not the reason they parted ways.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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