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Mo Farah missed two drug tests before London 2012 double gold - reports

The news comes as Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar is facing doping allegations of his own.

Mo Farah facing questions from the media over his coach Alberto Salazar recently.
Mo Farah facing questions from the media over his coach Alberto Salazar recently.
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BEFORE HE WON double gold at the 2012 Olympic Games, Mo Farah missed two drug tests a British newspaper has claimed.

The news comes just weeks after his coach, Alberto Salazar, was accused of doping some athletes involved with the Nike Oregon Project.

While the BBC documentary ‘Catch Me If  You Can’ makes accusations against Farah’s team-mate Galen Rupp and Salazar, there was no suggestion from Panorama or ProPublica — who combined to make the documentary — that the Briton was involved.

This morning, the Daily Mail reports that Farah missed two tests in the run up to the 2012 Olympic games. The first, alleged to have come in early 2010, was missed before Farah joined the Oregon Project.

The Mail says the second test was missed in February 2011 when the athlete claimed not to have heard the doorbell.

According to UK anti-doping rules at the time, a third missed test in an 18-month period — subsequently reduced to 12 months — could see an athlete face a four-year ban.

The newspaper claims to have seen legal documents which show Farah and his team appealed to Ukad (the UK anti-doping authority) over his second missed test.

While they accepted that “intent and negligence are not the same thing”, according to the Daily Mail, UKad stated it was Farah’s “own fault” he had missed the second test.

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