The Briton said he had money, a watch and two phones taken from his room, and that Gebrselassie did not help him. “I was just disappointed with Haile,” said 36-year-old Farah. Gebrselassie, 46, responded by accusing Farah of “blackmail” and “defaming” his reputation and business.
“Just to be honest, it’s Haile who owns the hotel and when you stay for three months in that hotel, it was very disappointing to know that someone who has that hotel and that kind of support couldn’t do nothing,” said Farah, who had been training in Ethiopia.
Recalling that fracas, Mr Diriba claimed: ‘We were both exercising in the gym when Farah started pushing me away from the equipment towards the door. He grabbed me by the throat. He was saying that I was stealing his routine and would use it to coach Ethiopian athletes when he was gone. He told me he didn’t want to see me in the gym again. After that, whenever Mo came into the gym I would just leave.’
The dramatic accounts follow days of claims and counter-claims over recent events at the exclusive Yaya Village resort in Addis Ababa, which is owned by Haile Gebrselassie, a two-time Olympic 10,000m champion.
Sir Mo, 36, claimed he had been the victim of robbery while staying at the resort, but Gebrselassie said he had left without settling his bill after attacking Mr Tsegaye and Ms Kibiru. Sir Mo’s coach Gary Lough then said the athlete had been acting in self-defence.
It was won by Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, with Sir Mo failing to even run his personal best.But speaking after the race, Sir Mo hit back saying: “That’s a bit below the belt. It’s untrue.” The four time gold medalist said that his coach Gary Lough and training partner could prove that the claims were false.
He vowed not to stay at the hotel again, adding: “I wouldn’t go back to his place but there are plenty of hotels, I don’t have to back there. I haven’t done anything wrong, I’ve said that and I stand by what I’ve said.” The 2012 hero said that he now plans to rest and gave no hints as to whether he will do the Marathon at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
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