Tuesday 12 November 2019

WADA steps up investigation into athletes trained by Salazar

Alberto Salazar. Photo: Getty Images
Alberto Salazar. Photo: Getty Images

Ben Rumsby

All athletes trained by Mo Farah's disgraced former coach are to be investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for potential drug offences, its president has announced.

Craig Reedie confirmed the move a month after the International Olympic Committee ordered checks on whether those who worked with Alberto Salazar had been properly probed.

Salazar was found guilty of doping violations last month and banned for four years following an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He had always denied any wrongdoing and said he intends to appeal.

Reedie told the BBC: "The clear question is did any of the allegations concerning Salazar and his operations result in athletes cheating themselves, which might have influenced their performance and might have involved the winning of competitions?"

Farah, who was transformed by Salazar from an also-ran into Britain's most decorated track-and-field athlete, worked with the American between 2011 and 2017.

Usada did not produce any evidence against the 36-year-old, who has never failed a drugs test and has always denied breaking any rules. Salazar's ban has led to the closure of the Nike Oregon Project he co-founded with the sportswear giant in 2001.

News of the Wada investigation emerged on the eve of its world conference on doping in sport, which is expected to be dominated by the fallout from the Russian doping scandal.

This week will also see Reedie's successor as Wada president, Witold Banka, ratified. Poland's sport and tourism minister will become the agency's fourth president.

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