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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mo Farah makes his data public

'I'll do what it takes to prove that I am clean'- Farah

Mo Farah
Mo Farah

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has allowed his blood test data to be made public.

"I'm happy to do what it takes to prove I'm a clean athlete," said Farah.

Last week The Sunday Times newspaper claimed it, along with the German broadcaster ARD/WDR, had had access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes and revealed ''the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world's most prestigious events''.

Athletes were last week warned against publishing their test results.

Omission

British Athletics feared releasing selective data could be "misinterpreted" and may also imply those not publishing their data were "guilty by omission", while The Sunday Times said lawyers for the IAAF had written to the newspaper suggesting athletes were not aware of the implications of putting the data in the public domain.

But Farah, whose coach Alberto Salazar has denied doping allegations broadcast in a BBC Panorama programme in June, leads eight top British athletes in defying athletics authorities and permitting details of his anti-doping blood test data to be made public.

It has been reported that 20 blood test results from Farah held on the IAAF's database - covering from June 2005 to May 2012 - are within the normal range.

"The decision to release my results is a personal one," the 32-year-old said. "I've always said that I'm happy to do what it takes to prove I'm a clean athlete."

Farah added: "It's sad that these allegations have been made at all because they bring down the sport I love, where most of the athletes don't break the rules and work really hard to achieve what they do.

"As someone who is tested all the time, I understand that it's a big job for the authorities to do but it's an important one as everyone - including athletes - needs to be confident that our sport is clean and fair.

"It is good to see the organisations investigating and I hope they can quickly get to the bottom of it."

Joining Farah in calling for transparency and allowing their details to enter the public domain are fellow athletes Jo Pavey, Lisa Dobriskey, Jenny Meadows, Freya Murray, Hatti Archer, Emma Jackson and Andy Baddeley.

"When the public and fans watch us I want them to believe in what they see. Publishing my data is the only thing I have available to me personally that is within my power to help fight for clean sport," said Olympic 1,500m finalist Baddeley.

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