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Tuesday 31, Oct 2017

  Mo Farah Splits From Salazar

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Renowned Olympian Mo Farah has finally decided to part ways with disgraced coach Alberto Salazar. The athlete however denied the role of doping allegations for this decision.

Salazar has been coaching the four-time Olympic champion at the Nike Oregon Project for the last six years. Farah has also been crowned world champion six times during this period. Farah, who will now be with Paula Radcliffe’s husband and former coach Gary Lough, said he missed his family and that is the only reason for the decision. The family of Farah is moving back to London. The long-distance runner said we want the kids to grow up in the United Kingdom. Farah also said it would therefore not be possible for him to continue his association with both Nike Oregon Project and Alberto that are based in the USA.

Farah specifically mentioned that he is not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations. Farah went on to add that he would have made a quicker decision if the doping allegations had to play any role. The Olympian added he has always been a firm believer in clean sport. Farah said he strongly believes that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished.

Salazar has been accused of being involved in using illegal doping methods. The coach was once accused of administering Testosterone gels and other banned substances to athletes. However, Farah has never been accused of any doping offences.

Alberto Salazar, chief coach at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), recently denied reading all of the leaked US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report. The report alleged that Dr. Jeffrey Brown, who has worked with numerous NOP athletes, provided infusions of L-carnitine (a legal substance) over the legal limit of 50 ml in a period of six hours to Galen Rupp. The report also made claims about the use and misuse of prescription drugs by Salazar.

Galen Rupp, one of the most trustworthy athletes under Salazar, recently created history by winning the 2017 Chicago Marathon. Rupp became the first American to win the event in 15 years in 2:09:20. The Track & Field News magazine had recognized Rupp in 2014 as world’s top athlete in the 10,000 meters for 2014. The best American distance runner of his generation however has been stalked by suspicion of doping. The two-time Olympic medalist has consistently been one of the most tested athletes by United States Anti-Doping Agency. Rupp added the win-at-all-costs reputation of Salazar is incorrect. The athlete said the Oregon Project has always embraced science, but it is always within the WADA Code. Rupp and Salazar have been just as much athlete-coach, prodigy-mentor, and son-to-father. Both Rupp and Salazar have ever been charged with an anti-doping violation.

The disgraced coach has vehemently denied all allegations and went on to remark that the Oregon Project will never permit doping. Salazar also remarked all Oregon Project athletes are required to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code and rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Saturday 19, Sep 2015

  Salazar Cleared By UK Anti-Doping Review

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An independent audit set up by UK Athletics has disclosed that there was “no reason” to lack confidence in the training program ran by Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project. The audit findings said there was also “no reason” to be concerned about other British athletes or coaches are involved with the program.

This news came as a huge relief for Mo Farah, Salazar’s most successful athlete, who remarked throughout he would stick by his coach unless there was clear evidence of wrongdoing. The clearance of Salazar by UK Anti-Doping also comes as a relief for British Athletics performance director Neil Black and head of endurance Barry Fudge, who have been working closely with Alberto Salazar.

A few months back, the performance oversight group was established in the wake of an investigation by the US news website ProPublica and BBC’s Panorama that alleged that Alberto had violated a series of anti-doping rules, including giving Testosterone to Galen Rupp, Farah’s training partner. This oversight group composed of Jason Gardener, Dr Sarah Rowell, and Anne-Wafula Strike.

In a statement, UK Athletics said it could not offer full details of the review as of now as the United States Anti-Doping Agency had asked them not to while they continue their investigations into the coach. UK Athletics added the group’s findings restated their view that there was no evidence of any impropriety on the part of Mo Farah and no reason to lack confidence in his training program. UK Athletics also said there was no reason to have any concern about the engagement of other British athletes and coaches with the Oregon Project. It was said the review established that the vast majority of the endurance program’s interaction with the Oregon Project is in fact focused on Mo Farah, with very little other UK Athletics related activity. It was also added that coaching and support for Mo Farah will remain the focus of our engagement with the Oregon Project.

Salazar and Farah have both denied any involvement with doping and performance enhancing drugs.

For many, it comes as no surprise especially after the head of British Athletics, Neil Black, insisted in August this year that he is “really comfortable” with the fact that his organization is still working closely with Salazar.

Steve Magness, whose allegations against Salazar were a key part of Panorama’s documentary, said he was “disappointed but not surprised” that an audit set up by UK Athletics found no evidence of wrongdoing. Magness remarked while he has respect for the athletes who conducted the investigation, they were given an impossible task, given that they could only look at the interaction between UK Athletics and the group in Oregon and added considering most of that interaction was above anyone’s pay-grade who stepped forward in the investigation, the results could only ever go one way. Magness, also criticized UK Athletics for its approach since the allegations surfaced, and said he thinks we all need to realize that as the national governing body you send the message of what the entire sport stands for in your country. Magness added it is clear UK Athletics is sending a message that performance is all we care about, everything else be damned.

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Saturday 27, Jun 2015

  Fresh Doping Claims Against Alberto Salazar

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Alberto Salazar, who was recently accused of promoting doping within his team, has been accused of allegedly hiring a private drug-testing company to make sure that his athletes would not trigger a failed test.

The Telegraph reported Salazar repeatedly applied for permission to use medications that he did not need during his career as an elite runner. In recent weeks, Salazar, who coaches Mo Farah, has been accused of violating multiple doping regulations, including exploitation of the therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) system without medical justification for giving a distinctive edge to his athletes. It was reported by the British daily that the association of Alberto Salazar with suspicious exemptions actually dates back to the 1980s when he used to allegedly put in regular applications for health conditions he was deemed not to suffer from.

In the recent past, many of his trained athletes have alleged that Salazar encouraged them to do the same. The Telegraph reported an external company was hired by Alberto Salazar to find out whether anything that runners in his Nike Oregon Project were taking would result in a doping breach.

Don Catlin, one of the world’s leading anti-doping experts and the founding father of drug-testing in sport, recently revealed a report commissioned by Salazar was shown to hum not long after the Nike Oregon Project coaching facility was established in 2001. Catlin said he was asked to review a list of drugs tests that somebody had requested from a company that did testing and added that person was Alberto Salazar. It is not clear whether the report revealed any failed values or exactly which of the athletes of the coach took part in the testing though it was before the time when Mo Farah joined the camp.

Catlin, who developed the first anti-doping facility of America, said he was initially alarmed by the conduct of Salazar when he was a member of both the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee in the 1980s. Catlin said Salazar who was a professional long-distance runner would repeatedly attempt to apply for medical exemptions so that he can use restricted treatments for conditions that he deemed him not to suffer from. Catlin said Salazar tried to get a TUE for all kinds of things when he did not there was any reason and he denied all of them.

Recently, BBC’s Panorama alleged that Alberto used his son Alex to apply testosterone gel to find out how much would trigger a positive test. Steve Magness, Salazar’s former assistant coach, said Alberto putting testosterone on his son was ludicrous. A joint Panorama and ProPublica investigation accused Salazar of numerous doping offences, including encouraging his runners to flaunt the system regarding prescription drugs and plying Galen Rupp with testosterone when the athlete was 16.

A former Nike Oregon Project massage therapist revealed that Alberto Salazar used to warn his athletes not to touch his bags as he feared contaminating them with his testosterone gel. Allan Kupczak, who left the camp in 2011, said he found many vials and drugs in the bags and room of Salazar.

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Friday 19, Jun 2015

  Mo Farah Missed Doping Tests In 2012

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The Daily Mail has reported that double Olympic champion Mo Farah from Britain missed two drug tests in the run-up to the 2012 London Games. This development came at an awkward time for Farah following doping allegations against his coach, Alberto Salazar.

This month, Salazar was accused of administering Testosterone to Galen Rupp, Farah’s American training partner. Both Rupp and Salazar have denied the allegations and Farah has not been accused of doing anything illegal. The Mail however reported that Farah, the London Olympics 5,000 and 10,000 meters champion, had put his participation at the 2012 Games in jeopardy after he missed out on two tests around the time he started training under Salazar in February 2011. According to the rules of UK Anti-Doping, an athlete who misses three tests in any 12-month period can face a ban of up to four years.

The Daily Mail reported the first missed test of Farah appears to have occurred in early 2010, several months before he joined up with Alberto Salazar. The first missed test was many months before he broke David Moorcroft’s 28-year-old British 5,000m record and went on to became the first Briton to break the 13-minute barrier.

However, the second missed test is believed to have been scheduled after Mo Farah started working with Salazar. The British newspaper added that Alberto had warned Farah on May that year that they will hang you if you miss another test. Farah missed the second out-of-competition test in 2011, according to the Mail that added he appealed to the UK Anti-Doping Agency claiming he did not hear the doorbell at his Teddington home in Greater London. It was further disclosed by the newspaper that his agent, Ricky Simms, as part of his appeal, submitted video evidence filmed in the house of Mo Farah in which he tried to suggest that it was difficult to hear the doorbell from his client’s bedroom.

In 2006, Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu was suspended for 12 months after he missed three tests. The Commonwealth Games 400 meters champion was the subject of an inquiry by UK Athletics and claimed she had missed the tests because of “changes in my training schedule”.

Farah is expected to compete in next week’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco and then he will compete in the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in London. The British long-distance and middle-distance runner is the current Olympic, World and European champion in the 5000 meters to 10,000 meters. Farah made his marathon debut in 2014 in London and set a new English record of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 21 seconds. In 2011, Mo Farah was voted European Athlete of the Year and won the prize again in 2012. The five global titles of Farah are two more than any other British athlete. Farah won the British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the Year award for the fifth time in 2013 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honors for services to athletics.

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Tuesday 09, Jun 2015

  Mo Farah To Be Investigated By UK Athletics

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Mo Farah To Be Investigated By UK Athletics

The chairman of UK Athletics has announced that medical data of Mo Farah will be assessed for evidence of doping after allegations against his coach emerged.

Ed Warner said UK Athletics will look into supplements’ data and blood data of Farah. He further remarked that we need to make sure that there is nothing else there we have not seen, we are not aware of, or what has not been analyzed. The chairman of UK Athletics also said it may well be that the result of our own investigation reveals that there is nothing untoward going on as far as we can uncover in any way, shape or form around British Athletics and a British athlete.

Warner advised Farah to suspend his relationship with his coach Alberto Salazar until the allegations are proven wrong. Warner also stated that UK Athletics may decide to suspend its relationship with the Cuban-born coach within the next few weeks. Warner remarked he can understand that Mo Farah has great loyalty to his coach and added that absolutely can’t make a kneejerk reaction like that because Salazar is innocent until proven guilty and we need to conduct our own thorough investigation of everything that’s gone on with British Athletics and around Mo Farah in their engagement with Salazar.

However, Farah commented that he will stand by his coach until he was proven wrong. Farah subsequently withdrew from Diamond League event and remarked he felt emotionally and physically drained.

A BBC Panorama documentary recently levied allegations against Salazar, head coach at the Nike Oregon Project in Portland and an “unpaid consultant” for UK Athletics of being involved in doping along with US athlete Galen Rupp. The doping allegations were vehemently denied by both Salazar and Rupp, who won 10,000m silver behind Farah at London 2012 Games. Salazar, employed by Nike, is all set to give a strong reply on Panorama in which he will hit out at “individuals with agendas” and “inaccurate and unfounded journalism”.

Sir Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said doping allegations against the top athletics coach are “distressing”. Reedie added that it is sad to learn about the alleged methods of Salazar, including the use of banned steroids and unethical practices like micro-dosing.

The UK Anti-Doping authority’s head of science and medicine, Nick Wojek, said current micro-dosing cheats can be eventually uncovered by retrospective testing in the future. Wojek remarked we have the ability to store samples for up to 10 years so if new techniques become available to test for prohibited substances, we can sanction athletes we were not able to catch in real time.

In another development, sportswear maker Nike has been threatened by bribery and doping allegations in football and athletics. The company, currently valued at almost $90bn, was running the Nike Oregon Project in Portland where Salazar trained a number of highly successful competitors, including Mo Farah. Nike is not new to doping scandals. Alberto was coaching Mary Decker-Slaney when she tested positive for Testosterone. The sportswear maker helped fund her legal challenge against a doping ban.

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Friday 05, Jun 2015

  Report Accuses Track Coach Salazar Of Promoting Doping

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Report Accuses Track Coach Salazar Of Promoting Doping

According to a report by ProPublica and the BBC, track coach Alberto Salazar has breaking doping rules since long.

Salazar, the coach of Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, was accused by Steve Magness, a former assistant at Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project, of encouraging Rupp to use testosterone medication. Salazar, a three-time New York City Marathon winner, is also coaching the American teenage sensation Mary Cain.

Magness, who is now serving as the cross country coach at the University of Houston, also alleged that Salazar has been using his son, Alex, as a guinea pig for testing supplements to find out at what levels they would set off a positive test.

Kara Goucher, a world championship bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters, also claimed that she was pressed to take thyroid medication by Salazar even she did not had a prescription for it.

The investigation from the BBC and U.S. investigative publication ProPublica revealed that Rupp was instructed by Salazar to use banned substances, including Testosterone and Prednisone, the banned asthma drug, in 2002. The whistleblowers include high-profile U.S. marathoner Kara Goucher and Steve Magness. The Panorama program also quoted three witnesses with sworn statements claiming that Allan Wells, who won 100m gold at the 1980 Olympics, had taken anabolic androgenic steroids.

Peter Eriksson, head coach of Canada’s track and field team, he knew about the allegations “a month ago,” after he met with Salazar.

Salazar denied the allegations and remarked that there were a few disgruntled former athletes and coaches with an axe to grind who were starting rumors. Eriksson said the rumors have been going around for a while and they are not substantiated.

Salazar also said the legal supplement Testoboost had been “incorrectly recorded as ‘testosterone’ medication” on the report of Galen Rupp. The coach when questioned about his son participating in tests to evade drug testers said he was determining how much of testosterone gel would it take to trigger a positive test in case rivals of his team attempted to sabotage one of his athletes. Magness remarked the defense of Salazar is ludicrous and it was them trying to figure out how to cheat the tests.

Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency has issued a statement saying that we have carefully viewed the BBC’s Panorama program which includes some allegations suggesting doping in athletics. The WADA statement added the program alleges practices relating to coach Alberto Salazar of the Nike Oregon Project in the United States. Any investigation will be a matter for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the IAAF, and the relevant information shall be passed to them.

It was also remarked that WADA acknowledge that the program also raises questions regarding the ability of athletes to dope by taking minimal amounts of performance-enhancing substances without testing positive, otherwise known as ‘micro-dosing’. It went to comment that this is an issue that we are exploring in great detail with experts from across the anti-doping community, and indeed it was highlighted in the recent Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) Report.

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