Mo Farah: athletics authorities must get tough with Kenya over doping

Mo Farah

Mo Farah has told the authorities they must get tough on Kenya if the country continues to drag its feet in the fight against doping – even if it means its athletes miss out on the Olympics.

Related: Sebastian Coe: IAAF could ban Kenya from 2016 Olympics in Rio

Farah, who races over 3,000m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, said that while British athletes always played by the rules, the World Anti-Doping Agency needs to ensure he has a level playing field with rivals.

“It’s not a nice thing, obviously, but they have to follow the rules,” he said. “As British athletes, we have rules. I wish they could follow those rules.”

When asked about the consequences of Kenya being banned from the Olympics, Farah joked: “If Kenya’s not in it, it makes things easier for me.” Then he got serious, however, and added: “You don’t want to wish it on athletes who haven’t done anything wrong. As a country they just have to follow those rules. If they can’t follow those rules, then tough on them. You have to set an example.”

Farah’s comments come the day after Lord Coe warned that there may yet be measures to ban Kenya’s track and field team from the Olympics. However on Friday Kenya’s government released a statement that insisted it had been fully co-operative with Wada and that it would “continue engaging to ensure they reached compliance status”.

The Kenya government also said that 300m Kenyan shillings (£2.06m) of funding had been released to the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency and that it would move into its offices in April.

Saturday’s schedule

1.26pm Women’s long jump – world silver medallist Shara Proctor takes on domestic rivals Lorraine Ugen and Jazmin Sawyers

2.32pm Women’s 60m - British 100m and 200m record holder Dina Asher-Smith faces world 200m champion Dafne Schippers and silver medallist Elaine Thompson

2.57pm Men’s long jump - Paralympic champion Markus Rehm takes on able-bodied athletes

3.51pm Women’s 60m hurdles - Tiffany Porter faces world 110m silver medallist Cindy Roleder

4.02pm Men’s 60m final - Adam Gemili takes on world 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell, world 60m champion Richard Kilty, Mike Rodgers and Kim Collins

4.13pm Men’s 3,000m final - Mo Farah attempts to show he is in peak form as he builds his preparations for next month’s world half-marathon championships in Cardiff.

Television Live on BBC1 from 1pm

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