******** Alberto Salazar (left) coached Mo Farah (second from right) along with American Galen Rupp (right) and Canadian Cam Levins (second from right)
UK Athletics has launched an independent review of its own handling of its relationship with under-fire coach Alberto Salazar and the now-disbanded Nike Oregon Project.
A panel appointed by UK Athletics in 2015said there was “no reason” to remove British athletesfrom Salazar’s program, despite claims the American had broken anti-doping rules.
Salazar wasbanned for four years in Octoberand Nike closed down his group.
Salazaris appealing against his ban.
“There has been much written about what the Oregon Project review looked into, found or concluded in 2015, and I therefore welcome this review as an opportunity to establish the full facts and for those facts to be published for all to see, “said Sarah Rowell who chaired the 2015 review into the Nike Oregon Project and currently leads UK Athletics’ Performance Oversight Committee.
The review, to be carried out by sports law barrister John Mehrzad, will also consider whether UK Athletics reacted appropriately toa leaked interim United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) report into Salazar in 2017that said he “almost certainly” broke anti-doping rules.