Statement On Bbc Panorama

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Following the broadcast of BBC’s Panorama programme on Wednesday, UK Athletics has carefully considered the content.

Whilst acknowledging the gravity of the allegations, UK Athletics can confirm it has had absolutely no concerns over the conduct and coaching methods of Alberto Salazar in relation to Mo Farah or in his role as an endurance consultant.

As an organisation with a proven anti-doping commitment, we view the allegations made in regard of non-British athletes who have been coached by Alberto Salazar with utmost seriousness.

It is the role of the appropriate independent anti-doping agencies to investigate these further.

We repeat our call for them to do so at the earliest opportunity, and to share those findings so that we can take any appropriate actions.

With regard to British athletes we believe that the process/safeguards and systems that we have in place around our own athletes are appropriate.

Within UK Athletics, the Corporate Governance responsibility for our performance programme, overseeing these systems and reporting back to the board, rests with the Performance Oversight Management Group, comprising Jason Gardener MBE, Dr Sarah Rowell and Anne Wafula-Strike.

Following the Panorama programme the board of UK Athletics has met and tasked this group with undertaking a focussed review of the performance management system surrounding Mo Farah and the Endurance programme, engaging relevant independent experts where required. This review will begin immediately.

The board has also spoken to Neil Black and Mo Farah and informed them of this course of action, which both have welcomed and supported.

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First published on: 6 June, 2015 12:00 am

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