Steve Cram believes Mo Farah is the victim of a “witch-hunt” after the double Olympic champion was forced to deny ever using performance-enhancing drugs.
Farah issued a statement on Friday defending his reputation in the wake of a BBC investigation which alleged his coach Alberto Salazar had practised doping techniques with American athlete Galen Rupp.
It was subsequently revealed Farah had missed two drugs tests in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.
Former world champion Cram told BBC Sport: “It has begun to look like a bit of a witch-hunt against Mo. It seems as if some people are deliberately going after him and that is a shame.
“We have gone off on a couple of different tangents from the original set of allegations. The allegations were against his coach. Now Mo has also had to give an explanation about the two missed tests. We need clarification on that.
“Some sections of the media seem keen to make out that a missed test means avoiding a test, which it does not. There is an individual here being targeted around his credibility as an athlete. In some quarters people are now saying he is a cheat.”