Farah wants family in Rio despite Zika threat

Mo Farah has insisted he wants his family with him

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British distance-running star Mo Farah has insisted he wants his family with him when he defends his Olympic titles in Brazil later this year, despite the threat of the Zika virus.

Farah won gold in both the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres in front of his home crowd in London four years ago and is considered one of Britain’s strongest contenders for more medal success in Rio.

One of the personal highlights for Farah of London 2012 was when his wife Tania and step-daughter Rhianna joined him on the track to help him celebrate soon after had won the 10,000m.

Farah would love to enjoy a similar experience in Rio and, speaking in Glasgow on Friday ahead of the Indoor Grand Prix there on Saturday, he said: “For me, the Olympics is where it is at. I want to have that moment for my family no matter what.

“I’m quite excited. In London one of the best things ever was having my family on the track. Seeing my wife and daughter there was incredible.

“I believe they are part of me and will be there again.

“I’m not even thinking about anything like (the Zika virus). I want them there and that’s it.”

But whether Farah’s rivals from Kenya make it to Rio remains unsure after the east African nation was placed on probation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who said it was failing to prove it was doing enough to tackle its problems with doping in athletics.

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