Sir Mo Farah's former coach Alberto Salazar has granted a four-year ban on doping violations, including testosterone possession and "adulteration". of an investigation
- Alberto Salazar sanctioned along with endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown
- Salazar, 61, & # 39; orchestrated and facilitated the prohibited conduct of doping & # 39; while working with the Nike Oregon Project
- Sir Mo Farah was based on the Nike Oregon Project from 2011 to 2017
Alberto Salazar, the coach who supervised Sir Mo Farah's most successful career, was banned from gambling for four years for doping offenses.
The explosive development follows a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency into the work done by the coach, who runs the Nike Oregon Project, where Farah trained between 2011 and 2017 – the time the Briton won his four Olympic gold medals.
Geoffrey Brown, who treated numerous Salazar athletes, was also banned for four years.
Alberto Salazar (center) with Mo Farah (right) and Galen Rupp at the 2012 London Olympics
Farah celebrates Men's Elite Race victory at Great North Run in Newcastle last month
The Times reported that charges were filed in March 2017 against USS Salazar for possession of the banned substance testosterone, & # 39; adulteration & # 39; of an investigation and violations of the WADA code related to infusions.
A statement from USADA CEO Travis Tygart read: “The athletes in these cases found the courage to speak and finally exposed the truth. While working in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Salazar and Dr. Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and well-being of the athletes they vowed to protect. & # 39;
A statement from the USADA added: After two probationary hearings, Salazar lasting seven days and Brown lasting six days, and a lengthy post-hearing review of all evidence and testimony, the AAA panel found that Salazar and Brown possessed and trafficked forbidden performance – a potentiating substance and administered or attempted to administer a forbidden method to various track and field athletes.
Salazar was banned for four years for violations including testosterone possession
"The panel also found that athlete support staff committed tampering and complicity violations under Articles 2.5 and 2.9 of the World Anti-Doping Code."
It continued: & # 39; The panel determined that Salazar committed the following Code violations: 1) Administration of a Prohibited Method (with respect to an infusion above the applicable threshold), 2) Violation and / or attempted violation of the doping process. control, 3) Testosterone Trafficking, 4) Testosterone Trafficking through involvement in a testosterone program that violates the rules. & # 39;
Farah, who has always denied any wrongdoing, stayed with Salazar until 2017 after the allegations came up in 2015. A UK Athletics review of the 2015 Nike Oregon Project found no wrongdoing. UKA performance director Neil Black has already talked about his support for Salazar.
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