By Chineze Ogugua
5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion Mo Farah has parted with coach Alberto Salazar in the heat of the later’s investigation by US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) for alleged doping.
Farah who has been coached by Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project camp since 2011, winning six world titles in addition to his four Olympic golds, said that his decision was based on his desire to move back to London.
In a statement, Farah said, “I’m leaving simply because my family and I are moving back to London. We all loved spending our summer here and Tania and I realised how much we have missed spending time with our friends and family and the kids are so happy here, too.
“We want the kids to grow up in the UK. It’s the right thing to do for my family. But both Nike Oregon Project and Alberto are based in the USA, so it just would not be possible to continue our relationship from London.”
Farah retired from track racing to concentrate on marathons after winning 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver at the World Championships in London in August.
He will now work with Gary Lough, who previously coached wife and women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.
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