Coach accused of violating anti-doping rules following a BBC investigation says he will show that the accusers are “knowingly making false statements”
Alberto Salazar has said he denies “all allegations of doping” and that he will show the accusers are “knowingly making false statements”.
The Nike Oregon Project head coach, who coaches athletes including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp as a part of his stable based in Portland, was last week accused of violating anti-doping rules following an investigation by the BBC and US news organisation ProPublica.
The investigation puts Salazar at the centre of doping allegations, including claims that he was involved in doping US 10,000m record-holder Rupp in 2002 when Rupp was 16 years old.
Both Salazar and Rupp have denied any wrongdoing, while there is no suggestion that Farah has violated any rules.
Salazar and Rupp, who won Olympic 10,000m silver behind Farah at the London 2012 Olympics, have each released statements responding to the doping allegations.
On Tuesday the Guardian published a further statement from Salazar in which the coach said he plans to “document and present the facts” as quickly as he can.
“Given the time and effort the BBC and ProPublica committed to making these false allegations I hope that media and fans will afford me a short time to show the accusers are knowingly making false statements,” Salazar told the Guardian in a statement.
“I will document and present the facts as quickly as I can so that Galen and Mo can focus on doing what they love and have worked so hard to achieve.”
He added: “I have said all along that I believe in a clean sport, hard work and I deny all allegations of doping.
“The BBC and ProPublica have engaged in inaccurate and unfounded journalism, with a complete lack of regard for both Galen and Mo.”
While there is no suggestion that Farah has violated any rules, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner has said that the national governing body is set to do its own investigation looking at the double Olympic, world and European track champion’s medical data following the doping allegations against Salazar.
Warner told Radio 4’s Today programme: “What we can look at is all the data surrounding our own athlete, Mo Farah. Blood data, supplements data – everything surrounding his medical treatment.
“We’re in charge of that. We run that from the UK, through Neil Black our performance director and Barry Fudge, who is our endurance expert.
“We already have all the data but we need to make sure there’s nothing else there that we haven’t seen, we’re not aware of, hasn’t been analysed.”