US Anti-Doping Agency Chief Travis Tygart Rebuffs Paula Radcliffe over Alberto Salazar
- Radcliffe said the sanction against Salazar was the "right decision"
- But she wondered if the investigation was money and time well spent
- The BBC did not release Radcliffe's old sponsorship links with Nike
US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart, who led Alberto Salazar's conviction for doping offenses, retorted Paula Radcliffe for questioning whether his investigation was money and time well spent.
Salazar, who was Mo Farah's coach when he won his four Olympic gold medals, was banned for four years for doping crimes last week, but Radcliffe, who was a vocal anti-doping activist in the past, seemed ambiguous about the investigation. at the Nike Oregon Project and his doctor, Jeffrey Brown, who was also banned from the sport.
Radcliffe, a former world marathon champion, said the sanction against Nike coach Salazar was the "right decision" but questioned whether the time and money spent on research would be more directed towards research and He wondered if the timing was related to USADA's failure to ban sprint star Christian Coleman, a claim she later dismissed.
Coach Alberto Salazar (above) was banned for four years for doping offenses last week
The BBC did not disclose Radcliffe's former sponsorship ties to Nike nor the fact that when Farah left Salazar in 2017, two years after the allegations arose, he moved to train with Radcliffe's husband Gary Lough. Nike is understood to have funded Salazar and Brown's defense attorneys.
Asked about Radcliffe's comments, Tygart said: “I find it disappointing, but it took time and effort to get to the truth. It was the efforts of this doctor and this coach to avoid the truth, which (meant) took the time it took, which none of us are satisfied with.
& # 39; And the expense that went in was because of the money that was spent on the other side trying to hide the truth. The rich and the powerful will deceive the world if you cannot come to the truth because of the money and power that those who are trying to hide the truth have. We take on the obligation to protect clean athletes and take on the work we must do.
Paula Radcliffe wondered if the investigation was money and time well spent
& # 39; If people don't like it, fine. We will become a place for everyone where you can have medication programs and compromise the health and safety of athletes. If that's what we want the sport to be, we'll close the shops and get other jobs. But I don't think that's what sports should be and I don't think that's what fair sport and fair play athletes want. I think the sport will be ruined if it goes that way.
Tygart, who also exposed Lance Armstrong as a serial doper in an equally thorough investigation, revealed that filing a complaint against Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown was more difficult than Armstrong's investigation.
"Yes, that's a fair comment," he said. & # 39; With the doctor (Brown), we had ten athletes who consented to get medical records and talk to the doctor about those medical records and the treatment they were doing because they didn't even know what they were doing. At all times, they blocked our efforts to obtain the facts. And our job is to exonerate the innocent as well as condemn the guilty, and they frustrate it all the time
“Their efforts to hide the truth and obstruct the process have become much more difficult (than the Armstrong case). The case was a different case. On the one hand, long ago, in certain spheres, are the days of sophisticated blood transfusion and intentional doping at the level we saw in cycling during that period. Now this is trying to find the margins and the gray area. Clearly they crossed a line, the panel found out. In this sense, it is much more challenging to prove such cases.
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