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By Mark Daly
Alberto Salazar – the former athletics coach of Mo Farah – has been banned from the game for a long time after being found guilty of doping violations.
On the Nike Oregon Project is run by salazar – house to British Olympic winner Farah before 2017 from 2011.
The decision follows a four-year evaluation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) plus also a two-year court struggle behind closed doors.
American Salazar said that he was”shocked” by the results and might appeal.
“The Oregon Project hasn’t and will never allow doping,” the 61-year-old added. “I will appeal and look ahead to this unfair and protracted procedure reaching the finish I understand to be accurate.”
Dr Jeffrey Brown, also a Nike-paid endocrinologist who treated many of the athletes of Salazar, has been banned for four years.
Farah split with Salazar at 2017, and also the BBC can reveal was the same year the trainer was first billed by Usada.
The 36-year-old, plus a six-time world champion, said:”I’m relieved that Usada has, following four decades, completed their investigation to Alberto Salazar.
“I left that the Nike Oregon Project at 2017 however, as I’ve always stated, I don’t have any tolerance for anybody who breaks the rules or crosses online. I am glad there has been a decision.”
The Briton hasn’t failed a drugs test and has strongly denied violating any rules.
The investigation began after a BBC Panorama programme at 2015.
An independent panel found Salazar and trafficked a banned performance-enhancing substance and Brown possessed and managed or attempted to administer a way.
It added that Salazar”tampered or tried to tamper with the doping control procedure”.
The panel also said Salazar and Brown”communicated repeatedly on the athletes of the Nike Oregon Project’s (NOP) functionality and health care conditions, exchanging information without any obvious formal authorisation from the athletes at the NOP or differentiation between Dr Brown’s function as an athlete’s physician and NOP consultant.
“[Salazar] and Brown shared information with the goal of improving the athletes’ operation through medical intervention, with a particular interest in raising testosterone levels”
Usada primary executive Travis Tygart praised athletes for having the”guts to speak out and ultimately expose the facts”.
“While acting in accordance with the Nike Oregon Project,” Mr Salazar and Dr Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the wellbeing and health of those athletes that they were sworn to protect,” a statement included.
Usada brought charges against Dr along with Salazar Brown at June 2017. The charges, supported by Nike-paid lawyers were contested by the pair, and the case went into the American Arbitration Association.
A joint evaluation with the American website ProPublica, the Panorama programme, revealed allegations of doping and unethical practices at 2015 in the US training base in Beaverton, Oregon.
UK Athletics (UKA), the sport’s UK governing body, ran its own evaluation into the promises, and gave Farah the green light to keep on working with Cuban-born Salazar.
Farah declared he was departing Salazar at October 2017, the same season but denied his conclusion was to perform with the doping claims.
During his period in the NOP, 5,000m and 10,000m Farah won four Olympic gold medals and six world titles.
Farah stopped running track races deciding to focus on the marathon, but earlier this year said he might go back to the track to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Salazar, who coaches many athletes in the World Athletics Championships in Doha but has had his accreditation revoked, added:”Throughout this six-year evaluation my athletes and I’ve endured unjust, unethical and extremely damaging treatment from Usada.
“That is shown by the misleading statement released by Travis Tygart saying that we put winning ahead of athlete security. This is untrue and contrary to the findings of the arbitrators, who wrote concerning the care I took in conjunction with the entire planet anti-doping code.
“I’ve always guaranteed that the World Anti-Doping Agency code will be strictly followed”
Nike said that the decision had”nothing more to do with administering banned substances into any Oregon Project athlete”.
“Since the panel noted, they had been struck by the amount of maintenance Alberto required to make sure he was complying with the World Anti-Doping code,” it stated.
“We support Alberto in his decision to appeal and wish him the complete measure of due process the rules require. Nike doesn’t condone the use of prohibited substances in any fashion.”
UK Athletics said it”confessed the announcement made by Usada” and”will today review the mediation decision in full prior to making any further comment”.
It added:”It must be said that at all times UK Athletics fully cooperated with both Usada and UK Anti-doping throughout the investigations.
“Furthermore, the Performance Oversight Committee’s own investigation in 2015 was restricted to the discussion of the Nike Oregon Project using Mo Farah rather than an anti-doping analysis. Such investigations can and must only be undertaken with the applicable authorities.
“UK Athletics is 100% dedicated to wash athletics”
British former heptathlete Denise Lewis, who won gold in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has described the news as”very disappointing”, adding that’s casts”a shadow over the World Athletics Championships”.
She told BBC Breakfast:”I looked in the Usada report and it makes for quite grim reading.
“If he is guilty of these allegations, then I truly think it’s a very sad indictment and sad that a trainer who’s so reputable and has had the trust of numerous athletes over the years has gone this path.
“On the positive, it’s fantastic news that coaches are finally being banned from the game, even though it’s only four decades.”
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