Athletics coach Alberto Salazar’s four-year suspension for a series of doping violations was Thursday upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 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”.