Salazar loses CAS appeal against suspension: reports

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London (AFP)

Athletics coach Alberto Salazar will serve his full four-year suspension for doping offenses after losing an appeal against the suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, British media reported on Wednesday.

The 63-year-old former head of the now-closed Nike Oregon Project was suspended in 2019 for a catalog of drug violations.

Both the BBC and The Times reported on Wednesday that CAS had confirmed Salazar’s suspension following an appeal.

The CAS was not immediately available to comment on the reports.

Salazar, best known for coaching four-time British Olympic champion Mo Farah, was suspended two years ago during the world championships in Doha.

It follows an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency which found Salazar was discovered to have trafficked or attempted to traffic testosterone, gave athletes a substance in excess of his allowable limit and tampered with the process. doping control of athletes.

USADA said its investigation uncovered a wealth of evidence, including “eyewitness evidence, testimonies, contemporary emails and patient records.”

Salazar, who also coached Ethiopian-born Dutch running star Sifan Hassan at the time of his suspension, had firmly denied any wrongdoing.

Salazar is already serving a lifetime coaching ban after a U.S. Center for SafeSport investigation uncovered evidence of sexual and emotional misconduct.

The ban, confirmed in July, came after a group of runners from the now-defunct Oregon Project said they were subjected to psychological and verbal abuse at Salazar’s part.

Salazar later admitted to making “insensitive or insensitive” remarks, but denied that an athlete under his supervision suffered abuse or discrimination based on gender.

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