British Athletics doctors will face a parliamentary inquiry over the alleged reports that Mo Farah violated any anti-doping rules or took potentially dangerous prescription drugs when there was no medical need, when they appear before the culture, media and sport select committee on Wednesday afternoon.
Dr John Rogers and Dr Rob Chakraverty along with Barry Fudge who is the British Athletics’ head of endurance will be under probe about the United States Anti-Doping Agency report into Farah’s coach, Alberto Salazar, which was leaked by the Russian Hackers Fancy Bears in February.
MPs are likely to ask about an infusion of the amino acid L-carnitine that Farah received from Chakraverty in 2014 while preparing for the London Marathon. L-carnitine is not a banned substance but infusions of more than 50ml in the space of six hours would break anti-doping rules and it is unclear how much Farah took in his solitary infusion.
Dr. Rogers will be asked about the testimony that he gave under oath to Usada, in the statement he said that he had written an email to medical colleagues at British Athletics regarding his worries about Farah’s treatment after joining Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project training group in late 2010.
He said that he was concerned that Salazar had been making “off-label and unconventional” use of the prescription medications calcitonin. The said drug can help prevent stress fractures, and thyroxine, which can boost testosterone levels, as well as high doses of vitamin D and the iron supplement ferrous sulfate.
The draft report allegedly said Salazar had not been aware at the time that Farah had a medical condition that meant he should not have been prescribed vitamin D or calcitonin in such high doses. Yet despite Rogers’ warning the report said Farah was given calcitonin until November 2011.
Ed Warner who is the chairman of British Athletics and Liz Nichols who is the chief executive of UK Sport, will also be under probe over the responsibilities of sports’ governing bodies in combatting doping.
The president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, Sebastian Coe believes that Farah have asked difficult questions of his coach – and they would have been answered.
“I’m not inside the Oregon Project and not privy to it. But you have to assume that Mo has asked some pretty deep and searching questions. I know if my coach had been questioned in that way I would have sat down and asked some pretty deep and searching questions”.
“You have to assume the answers Mo has had have been satisfactory. Mo is not an idiot.” Coe said.
Coe also denied that recent allegations of bullying and misconduct in a range of British Olympic sports had taken the gloss of Team GB’s achievements at London 2012 or the Rio Olympics.
“I don’t believe that is the case,” he said. “We are not without criticality but think back to where we were in Atlanta in 1996 before the advent of the national lottery. I came back in 1980 and 1984 with a handful of gold medalists. You have to get some proportionality. You must not throw the baby out with the bath water. This has really been an inspirational journey for the nation and British sport.”