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Mo Farah is leaving Nike Oregon Project and his coach Alberto Salazr. 

In a video on Twitter, the four time Olympic champion, Farah, announced that is splitting with coach Alberto Salazar and Nike Oregon project to move with his family back to London.

Farah's new coach in London will be Gary Lough, who assisted Paula Radcliff to set the women's world marathon record. 

The Briton opposed that leaving Oregon has anything to do with an ongoing USADA investigation whether or not Alberto Salazar (who coached Farah for 6 years) has used performance-enhancing drugs and applied illegal methods to  boost to Nike Oregon Project athletes.

In an interview to The Sun, Farah said:

"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."

"This situation has been going on for over two years, if I was going to leave because of that I would have done.

"As I've always said, I am firm believer in clean sport and I strongly believe that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished. If Alberto had crossed the line I would be out the door but USADA (US Anti Doping) has not charged him with anything. If I had ever had any reason to doubt Alberto, I would not have stood by him all this time.

"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.

 



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