‘They test you more because you win more medals’: The moment WADA drug testers showed up to Mo Farah’s Ethiopia training camp as he was preparing for the London Marathon
- Sir Mo Farah has given fans unprecedented access to the process of drug testing
- In his ‘Why I Run’ documentary, Farah is seen receiving a urine and blood test
- The athletics star split from controversial coach Alberto Salazar in October
- Salazar currently remains under investigation from U.S. Anti-Doping officials
Sir Mo Farah has given athletics fans unprecedented access into the rigours of drug testing and admits ‘they test you more because you win more medals’.
The British athletics legend is met by a World Anti-Doping Agency official at 7.24am in the video shot at his Ethiopia training camp, before running through both a urine and blood test, as fans are exposed to a process they are rarely ever privy too.
‘They test you more because you win more medals and the better performance you do the more tests you do,’ Farah said.
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‘I have like one hour slots where you have to put down where you are at that time of the day, no matter where you are in the world! 7:30am to 8:30am is my testing slot.
‘It’s just part of the job and you have to respect that and get on with it. I’ve been cheated out of a medal before in my European Cross Country. I collapsed afterwards and then you find out you got it back.
Why I Run, a YouTube documentary, details Farah’s training and lifestyle in the 20 days leading up to the 2018 London Marathon.
Farah finished third in that race and set a new British record, finishing in 2:06.21.
The unparalleled access behind the scenes with Farah shows him holding cups for a urine test before the scene switches to him sat down and receiving a blood test.
Later he is given the choice of three sealed containers from he WADA agent before pouring his urine sample in, to ensure the packaging has not been previously contaminated.
He ends the segment on the drugs test by taking a photo of the sample for his Instagram account with the caption #OneMoTest.
Farah has long found himself in the spotlight due to his association with controversial coach Alberto Salazar, who remains under investigation by US Anti-Doping.
But having split from him last October, the 35-year-old has taken the next step in showing his transparency with an access all areas documentary.