MO FARAH’S former coach Alberto Salazar says he is ‘shocked’ after being banned from athletics for four years for multiple doping violations.
American Salazar, 61, was sanctioned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), along with Dr Jeffrey Brown, for ‘orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct’ while working with the Nike Oregon Project.
Farah was based there from 2011-17, during which time he won four Olympic golds at 5,000metres and 10,000m.
Salazar, who intends to appeal against the sanctions, said in a statement: ‘I am shocked by the outcome today. Throughout this six-year investigation my athletes and I have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from Usada.
‘This is demonstrated by the misleading statement released by Travis Tygart (Usada chief executive officer) stating that we put winning ahead of athlete safety.
‘This is completely false and contrary to the findings of the arbitrators, who even wrote about the care I took in complying with the World Anti- Doping code.’
Salazar’s violations included ‘administration of a prohibited method’, tampering or attempted tampering with athletes’ doping control processes and trafficking or attempted trafficking of testosterone.
Brown was found to have tampered with records, administered an ‘over-limit’ infusion and to have been complicit in Salazar’s trafficking of testosterone.