Farah welcomes retests but Ukad boss in no rush

LONDON • Mo Farah has insisted that he is happy for his blood samples to be retested, after claims that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) wants them checked for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.

According to a report in Saturday's Daily Mail, Usada believes it has enough evidence to warrant a new analysis of all samples from Alberto Salazar's training group, the Nike Oregon Project.

Farah, 33, has trained with the group since 2010, and Usada has asked the UK Anti-Doping agency (Ukad) to release his drug-test samples for testing.

But Ukad are waiting to see and assess Usada's evidence.

Farah, who has continued to vehemently deny any wrongdoing, insists he has nothing to hide.

"I'm not aware of any request," said the double Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion. "But as I've said many times, I'm happy to be tested any time, anywhere and have any of my samples tested or retested now or at any time in the future, by any official body."

British Athletics, known to be frustrated by the leaks and drip feed of allegations against its top athlete, did not comment on the latest news. But on Thursday its performance director, Neil Black, said he was confident the organisation had done everything by the book and would stand by Salazar unless serious wrongdoing was confirmed by Usada.

Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead said she will not be rushed into re-examining Farah's samples because it jeopardises Ukad's ability to re-test the samples in the future. "Each time a sample is re-analysed or sent to another location, the amount contained within a sample can be reduced or has the potential to degrade, which limits the possibility to test again in the future," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2017, with the headline 'Farah welcomes retests but Ukad boss in no rush'. Print Edition | Subscribe