WADA may investigate Salazar

Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman believes there could be sufficient evidence for his organisation to investigate Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar over drug allegations.

American athletics legend Salazar, one of the world’s most successful coaches and head coach at the prestigious Nike Oregon Project in Portland, was accused of violating anti-doping rules by a BBC investigation.

The documentary alleges that Salazar was involved in doping American Galen Rupp, the 10,000 metres silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics behind Farah, in 2002 and reported that some of the coach’s methods included the use of banned steroids and unethical practices.

There is no suggestion that British athlete Farah has broken any rules and the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion told the BBC: ”I have not taken any banned substances and Alberto has never suggested that I take a banned substance.

”From my experience, Alberto and the Oregon Project have always strictly followed WADA rules and if there is ever a question seek guidance from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) to ensure they are correctly interpreting WADA’s rules.”

Salazar and Rupp deny any wrongdoing but the BBC programme showed Rupp’s blood chart to Howman, who said he was ”disturbed and very disappointed” by the information.

Speaking from WADA’s headquarters in Montreal, Howman told Press Association Sport: ”We are trying to get access to the BBC footage in Canada.

”I do not know how easy that will be – but that’s what we are undertaking at the moment.

”It’s probably sensible not to say too much until we have seen the footage of the programme, but if the allegations are as serious as they have been reported then they need to be investigated beyond a national level.”

Salazar, who won the New York marathon three years in a row between 1980 and 1982 and was also a Boston marathon winner, has worked with Farah since 2011 and has coached the Briton’s training partner Rupp for 14 years.

His coaching philosophy involves intensive training and the use of the latest scientific techniques.

Salazar declined to be interviewed for the programme but he told the BBC in a statement that the legal nutritional supplement Testoboost had been incorrectly recorded in the document as ”testosterone medication”.

”Allegations your sources are making are based upon false assumptions and half-truths in an attempt to further their personal agendas,” Salazar added.

”I believe in a clean sport and a methodical, dedicated approach to training and have never, nor ever will, endorsed the use of banned substances with any of my athletes.”

Rupp, one of America’s most drug tested athletes, strenuously denies ever using testosterone or testosterone medication.

”I am completely against the use of performance enhancing drugs,” said the 29-year-old current American record holder at 10,000m.

”I have not taken any banned substances and Alberto has never suggested that I take a banned substance.”

Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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