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Mo Farah caught training with a ‘drug cheat’ after moving base from Kenya to Ethiopia

BRITAIN’S running star Mohammed Farah who has shifted his training camp from Iten, Kenya to Ethiopia saying it has much higher altitude is set to face serious questions after being pictured training with convicted doper Hamza Driouch

London 2012 hero Farah has featured in a host of photographs alongside the shamed athlete, who is currently serving a two-year ban and is not allowed to attend training camps.


‘The Mirror” reported that the pictures were posted on Facebook by the Qatari runner Driouch and shows Mo Farah running alongside the former world junior 1,500metre champion in Ethiopia.

Driouch was banned from athletics by authorities for irregularities in his biological passport — and he began his suspension on New Year’s Eve. International Amateur Athletics Federation [IAAF] rules state that banned athletes are prohibited from “participating in any capacity… in a training camp, exhibition or practice”

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Farah posted an image to his own Twitter on late January, which appeared to show the pair training together. Driouch’s own Instagram account was made private on Saturday morning.

But Farah’s agent, Ricky Simms, is reported to have no idea with who the Somalia-born Mo Farah was training with. Simms declined to comment.

Kenya and Oregon

Farah has been training in Ethiopia and claims his switch of training base to the African country from Kenya was crucial to his development, due to the higher altitude.

He mostly trained in Kenya [and Oregon in the USA] and most particularly before the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he won the 10,000m and 5,000m double.

The 31-year-old recently broke the world record over two miles in Birmingham on a return to the United Kingdom.