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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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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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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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