UKAD to investigate UK athletes linked to Alberto Salazar

06 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

UKAD is to review whether it takes action to investigate British athletes who worked with banned former Nike Oregon Project (NOP) coach Alberto Salazar.

The well-known coach was given a four-year suspension earlier this year as a result of a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation, and WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, announced that his organisation would investigate all athletes connected to the coach of the NOP, which was closed down in the wake of the scandal.

In a statement, Nicole Sapstead CEO of UKAD said: "We have been working with USADA on their investigation into the Nike Oregon Project and will work with WADA on their investigation if there is any evidence that relates to athletes or athlete support personnel under our jurisdiction.

"We are reviewing the decision regarding Alberto Salazar to determine if there is any action we may wish to take as a national anti-doping organisation."

Salazar has said he will appeal his ban, while Nike - which set up the NOP in 2001 - has emphasised that USADA’s findings did not show any evidence of performance-enhancing drugs being used by or on NOP athletes.