Double Olympic, world and European champion says Glasgow 3000m is likely to be his only indoor race of 2016

Mo Farah is set to run his only indoor race of 2016 at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on February 20.

The double Olympic, world and European champion has been announced for the 3000m.

“2016 is another massive year for me, and the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix will be a key part of that,” said Farah.

“The 3000m in Glasgow is likely to be my only indoor race of 2016 and I want to make it a good one.

“It will give a good indication of how my training is going and will hopefully set me up for a successful outdoor season.”

The Grand Prix event is to be held in Glasgow for the first time next year, with the city alternating hosting the meeting with Birmingham up to 2020.

Farah has previously competed indoors in Glasgow at Kelvin Hall in 2009 and 2012 at the Glasgow International Match, setting what was then a British 3000m record of 7:40.99 in 2009 and a 1500m personal best of 3:39.03 in 2012.

The Indoor Grand Prix will see him compete at the Emirates Arena for the first time.

“I haven’t competed in Glasgow since 2012 and it will be great to be back,” he said.

“The Scottish crowd love athletics and I’m sure they will give great support to the athletes.”

Scotland’s Commonwealth and European 800m medallist Lynsey Sharp believes that Farah’s appearance at the event is great news for Glasgow, particularly with the city bidding to host the European Indoor Championships in 2019.

“He is one of the biggest stars in sport and I am sure that his participation in this world class event will really help create an amazing atmosphere at the Emirates Arena,” she said. “The Scottish public always support athletics passionately and I’m sure that this event will be one of the best that Scotland has ever seen.

“It will provide a taste of what the country can expect if Glasgow is fortunate enough to be chosen as the host city for the 2019 European Indoor Championships.

“The honour of staging this event – and hopefully 2019 European Indoor Championships – is wonderful for Scotland. We are a nation who loves athletics.”

Farah last competed at a World Indoor Championships in 2012 and news that the Glasgow 3000m is likely to be his only indoor race of 2016 means he again looks set to skip the global event. Next year’s World Indoors is to take place in Portland, Oregon, where Farah currently lives.