Former assistant accuses Salazar of encouraging doping


LONDON, AP

In a story Wednesday by ProPublica and BBC (http://bbc.in/1FudipG), former Salazar assistant Steve Magness accused Salazar of using doping practices for his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project.

The story quoted both Salazar and Rupp as denying any wrongdoing. Neither Salazar nor Rupp’s agent, Ricky Simms, immediately responded to emails from The Associated Press.

Rupp won the silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the London Games, finishing behind another of Salazar’s leading runners, Mo Farah of Britain. The story said no doping accusations have been made against Farah.

Salazar is considered America’s most powerful running coach. He built his reputation as a coach after winning the New York Marathon three years in a row from 1980-82 and the Boston Marathon in 1982.

While none of the Nike Oregon Project athletes have failed a drug test, ProPublica and the BBC reported allegations that some of Salazar’s methods included the use of banned steroids and unethical practices.

The story said U.S. Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher and at least six other former Salazar athletes and staff members have gone to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency with their concerns. It said USADA has not confirmed or denied any investigations.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart did not return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.

UK Anti-Doping, the body responsible for ensuring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code in the UK, said in a statement that “the news tonight reflects the challenge we face to ensure athletes and sports events … are protected from doping. Exposing doping athletes and their support network is a responsibility that rests with everyone involved in sport.”

The report states Rupp had been given testosterone in 2002, when he was 16. It interviewed Magness, who worked at the Oregon project in 2011. Magness said he saw a document showing Rupp’s blood levels that showed he was on “testosterone medication.”