Athletics coach Alberto Salazar loses CAS appeal against ban | More sports News – Times of India
The 63-year-old former head of the now-shuttered Nike Oregon Project, best known for coaching Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, was suspended in 2019.
A four-year ban on physician and endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown, who worked alongside Salazar, was also upheld by the Lausanne-based body.
In a statement, CAS said Salazar and Brown had “committed a number of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) and has confirmed the four-year bans imposed on them”.
CAS listed a number of violations committed by Salazar — possession of testosterone, complicity in Brown’s administration of a prohibited method, and tampering with the doping control process.
Salazar was suspended two years ago during the world championships in Doha following an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
USADA said its probe had uncovered a treasure trove of evidence including “eye-witness proof, testimonies, contemporaneous emails, and patient records”.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart issued a statement following the CAS decision welcoming it.
“Getting to this final point in the Nike Oregon Project case has been a long and difficult road,” said Tygart.
“But we are pleased that the CAS Panel upheld multiple anti-doping rule violations and four-year sanctions against both Coach Alberto Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown.”
Tygart added he hoped this reassured athletes that if they have the courage to come forward with similar information in the future they will be taken seriously and protected.
“Hopefully, this sends a powerful message that when athletes come to us with information of doping violations or other misconduct, they know we will listen to them and protect them by pursuing the evidence, no matter the power, influence, or financial resources of those in violation.
“Even those, like here, who orchestrate cover-ups and attempt to obstruct the truth.”
Salazar, who was coaching Ethiopian-born Dutch distance-running star Sifan Hassan at the time of his suspension, has steadfastly denied wrongdoing.
Farah, who parted ways with Salazar in 2017, has never failed a drugs test and there is no suggestion that the British runner was involved in any of the improprieties.
Hassan, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics, has also never tested positive for drugs.
Salazar is already serving a separate lifetime ban from coaching after an investigation by the US Center for SafeSport found evidence of sexual and emotional misconduct.
That ban, confirmed in July, came after a group of female runners from the defunct Oregon Project said they had been subjected to emotional and verbal abuse by Salazar.
Salazar later admitted making remarks that were “callous or insensitive” but denied that any athlete under his supervision had suffered abuse or gender discrimination.
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