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Accused coach has backing of Farah; ATHLETICS.

MO Farah has given his backing to coach Alberto Salazar - and the British double Olympic champion will continue training under him following his response to doping allegations.

Salazar issued a lengthy rebuttal of almost 12,000 words denying the claims made by BBC Panorama and the US investigative website ProPublica that he violated several anti-doping rules, including using testosterone medication on Farah's training partner Galen Rupp when he was 16 in 2002.

Farah said in a statement: "Following all the speculation I want to make it clear where I stand. Although it's been a difficult time, I asked Alberto to respond to the allegations made against him and he has now done so in full.

"As someone I've worked with for many years, I feel I have to believe in Alberto and the evidence he has provided. Based on that evidence, I will continue to work with him and hope now that I can focus on what I do best - training hard to win medals for my country."

Farah is expected to return to the track on July 9 for the first time since the claims appeared. Organisers of the Diamond League meeting say Farah will compete in the 5,000 metres. He is also due to run in the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 17.

Meanwhile, Rupp - who won silver behind Farah in the 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympics - has insisted he is "100%" behind Salazar, and that he believes in "clean sport".

"I think the truth will prevail. I stand behind him [Salazar] 100%," Rupp said in quotes on NBC Sports' official website. "I believe in clean sport."

The allegations against Salazar included a claim by United States distance runner Kara Goucher that in 2011 he recommended she take the thyroid medication Cytomel in order to lose weight.

In his response, Salazar insisted he had never criticised Goucher's weight and that Goucher's own endocrinologist had directed him to give her Cytomel.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2015
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