Sadiq Khan hails 'truly great Briton’ Mo Farah after he revealed how he was brought into UK illegally as a child

Sadiq Khan thanked Sir Mo Farah for "sharing your story" and "shining a spotlight on these awful crimes"

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Sadiq Khan has described Sir Mo Farah as “a truly great Briton” after the Olympic champion revealed he was brought illegally to the UK as a child.

Sir Mo revealed how he was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child.

Speaking following the news, Mr Khan tweeted: “Everything Sir Mo has survived proves he’s not only one of our greatest Olympians but a truly great Briton.

“Mo Farah thank you for sharing your story, shining a spotlight on these awful crimes & showing why safe passage is so important for those in need.”

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah
Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

The four-time Olympic champion unveiled his true identity in a new documentary titled The Real Mo Farah.

In the documentary, Sir Mo says: "The truth is I’m not who you think I am”.

He adds that he needs to tell his real story “whatever the cost”.

The 39-year-old father-of-four, said: “Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality.

“The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

“When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart.

“I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.”