Olympics 2016

'Honest' Mo Farah annoyed by persistent doping claims

Olympics 2016By Kevin Palmer
Mo Farah tired of facing questions over drug taking
Mo Farah tired of facing questions over drug taking

British Olympic hero Mo Farah has hit back at the media hawks who continue to cast doubts over his remarkable achievements on the track amid continuing doping claims.

Farah struck gold again as he defending his 10,000m Olympic title at Rio's Olympic Stadium on Saturday night and yet even in the glow of victory, Farah could not escape questions about doping.

Amid numerous snipes on Twitter and some pointed questions in his post race press conference, Farah admitted he was bemused by the questions coming his way after his latest moment of glory.

"It's been really tough on me. I do what I do and I enjoy what I do and I work hard for what I do, but sometimes it's hard," he said.

"Sometimes it gets me angry and frustrates me. You know there are other systems, other countries, who are not doing what they are supposed to, whereas in Britain what we do we do.

"It is difficult for me because I am an honest guy. I try to be honest in everything I do. I try to be honest with my family.

“We should be able to enjoy our sport and enjoy this moment because my career is short."

Farah was caught up last year in the allegations against his coach Alberto Salazar - they are unproven and have been strongly denied by the American, while Farah was never accused of any wrongdoing - while in the press conference after his victory he was quizzed on his relationship with Jama Aden.

Somalian coach Aden was arrested in June in Spain as part of an anti-doping operation.

He has been used in the past by British Athletics as an "unofficial facilitator" for training camps in Ethiopia, including at least one attended by Farah last year.

The federation said all Aden did was hold a stopwatch and shout out times and that he was no longer used in any role.

Farah, though, feels he gets a rough ride from the media and admits the scepticism and questioning gets him down.

Yet Farah says he understands the scrutiny because of the repeated drug scandals which have tainted athletics and feels the support of the public.

“The public do get behind me and I love the crowd when I’m ever in London they give me massive support – the Anniversary Games, the cheers, they are always nice to me," he added.

“It’s just a bit the media. It gets me down because I am honest with you guys. I try and be honest with you.

“In the last year you’ve made it hard for me in everything I do. I hope you can get behind me now, seeing what I do.

“You guys haven’t taken it easy on me. Nailing me for everything I do. It’s been really tough on me. I do what I do and I enjoy what I do, and I work hard for what I do."