Mo Farah accuses press of trying to 'destroy' his achievements
Retiring Great British athlete Mo Farah has attacked the media, saying some of its members tried to 'destroy' his achievements.
After his 5,000m race in the London Stadium where he failed to record one final victory before retirement from track events, Farah gave a press conference on Sunday, saying:
" History doesn’t lie. What I achieved over the years, people are proud of me. You can write what you like. The fact is I’ve achieved what I have from hard work and dedication. Putting my balls on the line, year after year and delivering for my country."
Farah was upset over repeated questions regarding his work with coach Alberto Salazar, who has been investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency for two years.
" It’s like a broken record, repeating myself. If I’ve crossed the line, if Alberto’s crossed the line, why bring it up year after year, making it into headlines? I’ve achieved what I have achieved – you’re trying to destroy it. How many races has he been to this year for me or last year? He hasn’t been to any. I‘ve been pretty much by myself with the guidance of Alberto, as you all know. I was capable of doing the job. It didn’t make any difference to me. I know what I wanted to do. I was in a training camp for the British team."
Farah went on to complain that people focused on rumours rather than facts in order to sell newspapers and garner attention, saying:
" There’s nothing else to be said. Sometimes I find it bizarre how certain people write certain things to suit how they want to sell the story. You guys get to me – you never write the facts. The fact is, over the years, I have achieved a lot through hard work and pain. So many times, you guys have been unfair to me. I know that. But say it how it is. I want you to write the truth about what’s out there and educate people out there. But be honest with them. If you say Mo Farah has done something wrong‚ prove it."
After a combative exchange with journalists, Farah then talked of his feelings after his final race:
" It has definitely hit me. I got emotional on Saturday night. All good things in life must come to an end at some point. What goes up must come back down. I wanted to end on a high. But it happens. The better man won on the day. That’s part of athletics. Fair credit to the other guys to be able to go. They had three guys in the team – they said ‘one of you won’t get a medal’. To beat Mo, it’s taken them six years to do it but you’ve got to give it to them."