Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar flatly denied published reports intimating that Mo Farah is shunning the Oregon Project to train alone in France.

Responding by text message, Salazar said that he remains in daily contact with Farah and Barry Fudge, a U.K. Athletics official who is serving as Salazar’s eyes and ears while Farah trains at altitude in Font-Romeu, France.

Salazar said Farah always leaves for Europe at this time of year while the Oregon Project’s U.S. athletes are sharpening for the USATF Championships. Farah is British.

This year’s USATF Championships begin a four-day run next Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“Mo is on a different training cycle, as he always is at this time of year,” Salazar wrote. “So I send him to Europe to get accustomed to the time zone. This is how we’ve always done it it.

“This winter Barry administered my workouts to Mo in Ethiopia for six weeks, and Mo broke the world two-mile record.”

Farah’s record-breaking race came at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. He clocked a time of 8 minutes, 3.40 seconds to break the indoor record of 8:04.34 held by Kenenisa Bekele.

Salazar termed any report suggesting a break or rift between Farah and the Oregon Project as “absolutely false.”

There has been intense media interest in Britain about Farah’s relationship with the Oregon Project ever since reports two weeks ago on the investigative website ProPublica and by the BBC which contained allegations of doping and what some believe to be unethical use of prescription drugs by Salazar and Oregon Project runner Galen Rupp.

Farah, who won gold medals in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics, has not been accused in the reports.

Salazar and Rupp emphatically have denied the allegations.

— Ken Goe

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