Thanks for the support on the other pieces, Richard! I strongly disagree. I think the doping conversation is very selective — yes, a lot of East African runners test positive for EPO, but so do many runners from western countries.
People talk about Mo Farah and never mention that his former coach got busted for doping, and people mention Galen Rupp without mentioning the microdosing, TUEs, and testosterone. I don’t deny that doping is an issue in East African runners but it’s an issue across any aerobically competitive sport, globally. You can’t just count out his performances because of his nationality, and until someone tests positive for EPO, I err on the side of caution.