UK to probe Salazar

Alberto Salazar.
Alberto Salazar.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) is to join its counterpart in the United States by investigating allegations that distance runner Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar has violated anti-doping rules.

Last week, the Cuban-born American issued a lengthy response to a series of claims made by the BBC television programme Panorama, in association with the US website ProPublica, early last month.

The coach, who guides Britain's double Olympic champion Farah, 32, and London Games 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp, 29, of the US, has denied any wrongdoing. "Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) has confirmed Usada and Ukad are investigating the relevant allegations in the recent Panorama programme," Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead said on her organisation's website on Monday.

"As with all our ongoing investigations, Ukad will not disclose any details, to protect the privacy of everyone involved, and so we do not undermine our own operations of deterring and detecting doping in sport.

"We will follow our usual procedure, if a prosecution is brought we will publish the outcome on our website once due process (including any appeals) has been completed.

"However, if at the end of the investigation, there is no resulting prosecution, Ukad will not publish the details. This is because we have a duty to protect the rights of those involved."

While the announcement by Ukad was welcomed by UK Athletics, the track and field governing body said in a statement: "We call on Ukad and other investigating bodies to make public the full findings of their investigations in order to enable full and public transparency."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2015, with the headline 'UK to probe Salazar'. Print Edition | Subscribe