Mo Farah distanced from Jama Aden after coach’s arrest on doping charges
British Athletics has confirmed that Jama Aden, the Somali coach who has been arrested by Spanish police on doping charges, no longer works with Mo Farah even though he was “an unofficial facilitator” for Britain’s Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion when he trained in Ethiopia in 2015.
Aden, whose Ethiopian protege Genzebe Dibaba is the 1500m world record holder, was charged with having administered athletes with banned substances following dawn raids on Monday on several houses in the Catalonian town of Sabadell which were occupied by his training group. A Moroccan physiotherapist was also arrested and charged.
The story was reported in El País, which quoted the Catalan interior minister, Jordi Jané, as saying that the banned blood booster EPO was found in six rooms along with anabolic steroids and 60 syringes. Six doctors from the athletics world governing body, the IAAF, and officials from the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency were also present to carry out doping controls on 25 athletes.
Two members of the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency subsequently confirmed to the Guardian that El Pais’s story was correct.
Meanwhile, British Athletics has rushed to clarify Farah’s relationship with Aden, saying it extended only to shouting out times as Farah did laps around the track in the Ethiopian town of Sululta in 2015. Despite this, Farah was also photographed with Aden in February when he trained alongside some of the Somali’s athletes at another camp in Ethiopia.
A spokesman for British Athletics told the Guardian that Aden had only helped Farah for one week last year, when the performance director, Neil Black, and the head of endurance, Barry Fudge, were not around, and they had changed their rules when Farah went to Ethiopia this year.