(Medeshi)- Mo Farah has angrily denied using performance enhancing drugs, after reports he missed two drug tests before the London Olympics.
Mo Farah has angrily denied using performance enhancing drugs, after reports he missed two drug tests before the London Olympics.
The athlete, who won gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m races at the London games, said the past few weeks had been "the toughest of my life, with rumours about me that are completely false".
He added: "I have never taken performance enhancing drugs in my life and I never will.
"Over the course of my career I have taken hundreds of drugs tests and every single one has been negative.
"I've fully explained the only two tests in my career that I have ever missed, which the authorities understood and there was never any suggestion that these were anything more than simple mistakes."
The 32-year-old middle-distance runner allegedly missed his first test in 2010 and the second in 2011.
He reportedly did not hear his doorbell ring when he was due to undertake the second test - and video evidence was submitted to the UK's Anti-Doping Agency to this effect.
If he was to miss a third appointment for a drugs test, it could have resulted in a four-year ban.
Farah was already in the spotlight after an investigation alleged his coach, Alberto Salazar, doped US 10,000m record holder Galen Rupp in 2002.
Rupp - who later became Farah's training partner - and Salazar deny the claims.
Farah said the impact on his family of claims against him had left him "angry, frustrated and upset", especially as his wife is five months pregnant and he is training for important races, he added.
In the statement, posted on his Facebook page, he added: "As I made clear, I went to Portland to speak to Alberto Salazar and demand answers.
"He reassured me that the claims are false and that he will soon be providing evidence to make that clear.
"Until then I will not be commenting further on the allegations.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans, family, friends and teammates for all the great support they have provided over the last few days and hope that I will now be allowed to focus on my training and winning medals for my country."