Jo Pavey says she would drop Alberto Salazar

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Jo Pavey has responded to the allegations put forward against Alberto Salazar that he has violated anti-doping rules, telling the BBC that she would not associate herself the 56-year-old athletics coach. She said: 

“As an athlete, you don’t want to associate yourself with people that have got accusations and allegations against them.

“I’m not here to accuse anyone, but if there was anybody I was slightly associated with that I suddenly realised had these accusations against them – or any of my training partners – I’d run a mile.”

Pavey told reporters that scandals like this one need to happen to support the future of sport. The 41-year-old European Championship gold medalist said that she herself had lost medals to cheating coaches:

“I feel personally that I’ve lost a lot of medals through people not only rumoured to be cheating but actually have been caught and that’s been a big frustration in my career.

I want to put a positive message out there about the sport, I’ve had a great lifestyle out of it. I just want these things to be addressed so we can have a bright future for our youngsters coming into the sport.”


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First published on: 4 June, 2015 12:00 am