Mo Farah rebrands himself as ‘Mohammad’ for road racing career

The Somalia-born athlete has won four Olympic titles and six world titles. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 14 August 2017

Mo Farah rebrands himself as ‘Mohammad’ for road racing career

LONDON: British athletics great Mo Farah wants to be known as ‘Mohammad’ now that he is switching his focus to road racing, he has announced.
“My road name is Mohammad,” he said. “I just feel like Mo is done. I need to forget about what I’ve achieved and what I’ve done (on the track).”
Farah, 34, made the announcement after bringing the curtain down on his glittering track career by winning 10,000 meters gold and 5,000 meters silver at the World Championships in London.
Somalia-born Farah has won four Olympic titles and six world titles, but he bowed out under something of a cloud due to doping allegations against his American coach Alberto Salazar.
He hit out at the media during an emotional press conference on Sunday, accusing them of trying to “destroy” his achievements.
“You can write what you like,” Farah said. “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.
“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.”


English Premier League to restart on June 17

Updated 28 May 2020

English Premier League to restart on June 17

  • No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9

LONDON: The Premier League season is set to restart on June 17, three months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, British media reported on Thursday.

No matches have been played since Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the title.

Top-flight clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to contact training and were meeting again on Thursday to discuss issues such as the restart date and the rebate to broadcasters.

Matches would have to be played behind closed doors, much like they have been in Germany's Bundesliga since it restarted earlier in May.

The BBC reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. Those matches are the two games in hand.

A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of June 19-21.

So far, 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.

La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11, while a crucial summit between Italian football officials and the country's sports minister will be held later on Thursday.

Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the Premier league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.

Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.