Alberto Salazar’s four-year suspension upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Alberto Salazar FAILS in bid to clear his name over doping violations after Court of Arbitration for Sport ratifies four-year ban for former coach of Sir Mo Farah

Alberto Salazar, the former coach to Sir Mo Farah, is understood to have had his four-year ban for anti-doping offences upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 63-year-old had been pushing to clear his name after being banned by the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2019, but six months after his appeal was heard the courts are believed to have ruled against him, according to the BBC and The Times.

A four-year ban for endocrinologist Dr Geoffrey Brown, who was at the Nike Oregon Project with Salazar, will also stand.

Alberto Salazar's four-year suspension has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Alberto Salazar’s four-year suspension has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport

As one of the most famous running coaches in the world, Salazar’s initial ban two years ago sent shockwaves through athletics, and in turn followed damning allegations by the BBC’s Panorama team and PropPublica in 2015 about the practises at the Oregon Project.

The Oregon Project was shuttered as a consequence of the verdict in 2019, with Salazar found guilty by an independent panel of possessing and trafficking a banned performance-enhancing substance and breaking anti-doping rules in the way he conducted IV infusions. It added that Salazar ‘tampered or attempted to tamper with the doping control process’.

Farah, who left the Oregon Project in 2017, has never been accused of doping. The findings against Salazar have been acutely troubling for UK Athletics, who in 2015 cleared Farah to continue working with the coach despite the reported allegations.

The CAS verdict is due to be published in the coming days.

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