While there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on behalf of Sir Mo Farah or that he is one of the unnamed British athletes, Honest Sport has made several attempts to discover the identity of these three British athletes. UK Anti-doping (UKAD) sent two investigators to Iten after the Sunday Times/ARD documentary was aired, to establish the validity of the doctors’ claims.
Honest Sport, under the Freedom of Information Act, requested UKAD provide the names of these athletes as well as any intelligence they had amassed on Dr. Mwangi and Dr. Talei. Unsurprisingly, due to privacy concerns, such requests were not met. Disappointingly, UKAD refused to even acknowledge the identity of the doping doctors – information that is public knowledge. In the ARD/Sunday Times documentary they are shown in full on camera and referred to by name. UKAD state its investigation is still ongoing.
Honest Sport was however informed by the coach of a Kenyan Olympian that Dr. Joseph Mwangi and Dr. Samson Talei were well known doping doctors in the Kenyan Highlands before their arrests by Kenyan police.
Sir Mo Farah cannot be held accountable for the actions of his training partner but such associations are surely unwelcome for Farah at a time when his coach Alberto Salazar is under investigation by the United-States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the FBI for alleged anti-doping violations.
Frederick Lemishen Ngoyoni is not a professional athlete, he is simply a pacemaker. One has to wonder how unsavoury an environment Farah found himself in when training in Iten, if an amateur athlete such as Freddie, grateful to simply train with elite athletes, could so easily obtain EPO. In this same environment, Farah has also overlapped with disgraced coach Jama Aden in 2009.
Jama Aden, coach of 1500m world-record holder and Ethiopian poster girl Genzebe Dibaba, was arrested at a hotel near Aden’s training base in Sabadell, Spain in 2016. The Spanish Police, acting after the completion of a three-year investigation, raided the hotel, where Aden and his athletes were staying, and found EPO and syringes in the room of one of Aden’s physiotherapists.
The Spanish media reported police seeing Aden dispose of used needles in rubbish bins outside the hotel, which he later claimed were “injections that I use for myself.”
British Athletics acknowledged that Aden was an “unofficial facilitator” for a group of British athletes, including Farah, in Sululta, Ethiopia, for a week in 2015.
Aden’s job was to hold “a stopwatch and shout out times to athletes as they completed their track sessions. There was no coaching or anything technical involved” the athletics association underlined.
On the evening of Farah’s 10,000m gold medal run at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Farah alluded to the fact that he neither knew Aden well nor had trained with him. However, a different narrative soon emerged. The source? Farah’s own autobiography Twin Ambitions.
Before his breakthrough to the summit of middle distance running, Farah was advised by Aden while training in Iten, Kenya, in 2009. In Farah’s own words, It was during these sessions that Farah realised “what the guys under Jama and Renato (Canova) were doing was different” from his own training programme at the time.
“Renato Canova wasn’t the only one dispensing advice to me in Iten. At the same time I would join in on the odd session with guys coached by Jama Aden.” Farah described. “Like me, Jama was born in Somalia and we had known each other for years.” Quite a different standpoint from his future denials.
While there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Sir Mo Farah or that he is one of the British athletes mentioned by Dr. Mwangi and Dr. Talei, his association with individuals who are a potential threat to clean sport continue. Rather than severing ties with coach Alberto Salazar in the face of serious doping accusations in 2015, he has instead chosen to continue their relationship, despite not taking him to the 2017 World Championships in London.
After making the decision to stand by Salazar, Farah’s faith has yet to be rewarded. Salazar is currently under investigation by USADA and alarmingly the FBI.
According to a USADA report, it is “highly likely” Galen Rupp, who trains with Farah at the Nike Oregon Project under Salazar, received an L-carnitine infusion “in violation of the applicable anti-doping rules”.
In a recent leak by the Russian hacking group Fancy Bears the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) reported anomalies in Farah’s biological blood passport while he was seemingly training at the Salazar-run Nike Oregon Project. There were apparently similar issues with Rupp’s passport four days after competing in his first ever marathon in February 2016.
An athlete’s biological passport is important because it helps to detect doping violations by delineating variances in an athlete’s blood profile.
A leaked email from the IAAF Medical Manager Pierre Yves-Garnier, details how he and an athlete biological passport expert panel had marked Farah’s profile as “Likely doping; passport suspicious” on 23rd Novemeber 2015. Farah’s passport returned to “normal” levels four months later. It is important to stress the term “likely doping” came from officials at the IAAF.
Judging by his social media activities, he was training at the Salazar-run Nike Oregon Project at the time. On 16th November Farah is pictured at the Nike headquarters in Oregon with footballer Andrea Pirlo. On 28th November, Farah uploads a photo with his daughter at his home in Portland Oregon and on 4th December Farah trained at the Nike Oregon Project at Nike’s headquarters.